CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced the release of their 2020 Law Enforcement Report on Monday, July 12, 2021.
The report shows that Game and Fish took a total of 4,106 law enforcement actions in 2020, with the top ten violations as follows:
- Fishing without a license — 325
- Hunt, fish, trap, collect shed antlers on private land without permission (trespassing) — 284
- Violation of rules governing use of Department-administered lands — 229
- Fail to stop at AIS check station — 226
- Fail to provide life jackets aboard watercraft — 179
- Fail to purchase conservation stamp — 142
- Fail to purchase AIS decal — 135
- Fail to tag big or trophy game animal — 135
- Waste or abandon big game — 127
- Fail to provide proof of hunter safety — 123
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“Game wardens followed up on all of these tips, and in many cases, no violation could be determined,” the report states. Investigations through the Stop Poaching program led to 23 citations and 13 warnings.
“Defendants charged as a result of tips made to the Stop Poaching Program
paid $4,750 in fines and restitution to date, with three cases still under investigation or pending court disposition,” the report states.
Game and Fish also partners with the Wyoming Wildlife Protectors Association (WWPA) for a program that provides rewards to people who help report suspected poaching cases. In 2020, a total of $1,700 in rewards was paid to individuals who provided information leading to convictions of people found in violation of wildlife law in Wyoming.
Wyoming also participated in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, which is “a reciprocal agreement between member states to honor suspensions of hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for convicted wildlife violators.”
“There are now 48 member states and two more, Massachusetts and Hawaii, are finalizing the process of joining,” Game and Fish said. “Nationwide, there were 5,225 new license suspensions entered in the Compact, including 37 from Wyoming. Several cases initiated in 2020 are awaiting court proceedings and may lead to further license suspensions once completed.”