Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:29

Government makes Report A Poacher line available to protect public lands from abuse

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Anyone who witnesses serious public lands abuse can now phone the 24-hour Report A Poacher line to notify an officer.

The line is being added to heighten enforcement efforts through government’s multi-agency approach to address public lands abuses. The Report A Poacher line will complement government’s suite of enforcement, awareness and compliance tools.
Over the summer, government will deploy additional resources on public lands, particularly in areas where there is greater need for enforcement of bans and restrictions.
Fish and Wildlife Officers, Conservation Officers and Seasonal Park Rangers supported by Lands Officers, Forest Officers and the RCMP will all work together to protect Alberta’s public lands and parks.
“Alberta’s landscapes and wildlife habitats are important to all Albertans, and everyone can help protect them by reporting serious public lands abuses to the 24-hour line,” says Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
While the majority of people are responsible users of public land, there are instances every year of random campers leaving garbage or abandoning furniture and other items on the landscape.
Mud-bogging and ripping through streams and other waterways also damages the land as well as fish habitat.
In addition to patrolling public lands, Fish and Wildlife Officers will respond to and investigate reports of public lands abuses across the province. Conservation Officers and Seasonal Parks Rangers will continue to patrol public lands in the Eastern Slopes region. As part of their work, Lands Officers and Forest Officers patrol public lands to educate land users about responsible practices.
RCMP Officers also have a wide range of enforcement authorities and are a key part of ensuring public safetys.
Call Report A Poacher: 1-800-642-3800.

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