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Game and Fish Releases 2021 Law Enforcement Report

The report details key statistics, operations, and accomplishments of game wardens, wildlife investigators, and other employees dedicated to protecting one of Wyoming’s greatest natural resources – wildlife.

09/12/2022 21:46:52

CheyenneWyoming game wardens patrolled more than half a million miles — 574,171 to be exact — in 2021, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s annual law enforcement report. The report details key statistics, operations, and accomplishments of game wardens, wildlife investigators, and other employees dedicated to protecting one of Wyoming’s greatest natural resources – wildlife.



The report notes that in 2021, the public submitted 245 tips through the Stop Braconing hotline, text advice line and the Game and Fish website. Game wardens investigated this information and, in many cases, were able to confirm wildlife violations and identify possible suspects. Investigations due to the Stop Poaching program resulted in 26 citations and 23 warnings issued to offenders.



“Although the workload is demanding, the selfless and cooperative efforts of many Game and Fish team members help spread the load,” said Chief Game Warden Rick King. “The cases highlighted in this report demonstrate the collaboration needed to protect Wyoming’s wildlife.”



Convicting wildlife offenders would not be possible without the help of the public and the work of the Wildlife Forensic and Fish Health Laboratory. Forensic laboratory personnel use a variety of testing techniques on evidence collected during wildlife crime investigations. More than 16,000 samples were tested in 2021, resulting in the payment of $54,148 in fines and restitution. Many of these cases have resulted in the suspension of hunting privileges and the confiscation of firearms and other equipment used in the commission of wildlife crimes.



For the second time in Wyoming history, lab staff have compared tissue from a male elk head recovered in the Sheridan area from a deer antler buyer to the Headless Carcass Database. of Wyoming. The match led to the successful conviction of a Montana man who was ordered to pay $12,570 in fines and restitution. The database was created over 15 years ago and contains 231 samples from all over Wyoming.



In total, there were 3,258 enforcement actions statewide in 2021. Top violations included fishing without a license, trespassing on private land, violation of hunting land rules and fishing and failure to stop at a boat checkpoint.



The full report is available on the Game and Fish law enforcement website.

(Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer – ([email protected]))

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