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
February 9, 2015
You can help pass laws that protect animals in your state. Humane Lobby Day is easy, fun and guaranteed to make you feel like a powerful animal activist. We'll help you find the Humane Lobby Day in your state.
January 27, 2015
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are seeking information about the shooting of a bald eagle, who was found on the Arkansas River in Logan County, Arkansas.
January 14, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust will award $2,500 to the Washington resident who provided critical information that led to the arrest and conviction of Donald S. Gilbrech for a 2012 poaching case in Beacon Hill near Spokane Valley, Washington.
December 12, 2014
Following the Nov. 30 illegal killing of a Hawaiian monk seal on the Northeast coast of Kaua‘i, animal welfare and conversation groups are seeking the public’s help to protect the island’s monk seals.