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
May 18, 2015
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investigating the death of a sea lion who was shot in the head on the Cowlitz River in Washington.
May 15, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing a baby goat in Monongalia County, West Virginia.
May 14, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust will award $10,000 to the Oregon tipsters who supplied critical information that led to the arrest and conviction of Austin Burkett for two 2014 poaching cases in Jackson County, Oregon.
May 7, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust and the Center for Biological Diversity are offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting an endangered Florida panther.