Poaching is a deadly crime against wildlife. Wildlife officials say that legal hunters kill tens of millions of animals every year. For each of those animals, another is killed illegally, perhaps on closed land or out of season, leaving orphaned young to starve. Few poachers are caught or punished.
Poachers may also kill endangered species or use illegal weapons. Some poachers just love killing animals, or want a trophy.
For many, profit is the motive. Bear gall bladders get top dollar for Chinese herbal remedies, and big-horned sheep antlers can fetch $20,000 on the black market.
Let's stop this war on wildlife.
- Going hiking or bird watching? Know your state's wildlife regulations and hunting seasons so you can identify violations.
- If you see suspicious activity, don't confront anyone.
- Get a description of the poacher, the vehicle and the surrounding area.
- Call your state wildlife department immediately [PDF].
The Humane Society of the United States is a proud associate member of the International Association of Natural Resources Crimestoppers.
News & Events
November 19, 2014
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the shooting and injuring of sea lions in the San Diego, California, area.
August 19, 2014
Authorities are seeking information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle in Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey.
July 15, 2014
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a buck deer in Jackson County, Oregon.
July 9, 2014
Authorities are seeking information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of several endangered least terns.