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December 6, 2011

The HSUS Commends the New York Department of Environmental Conservation on a Strong Anti-Poaching Initiative

Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest animal protection organization with over 800,000 supporters in New York, applauds the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s crackdown on poaching. Over the past three months, more than 70 New Yorkers from 13 counties were charged with hunting law violations as part of coordinated multistate operation by the New York DEC with law enforcement agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. The charges include illegally killing deer with the aid of a spotlight, hunting near residences, illegal baiting and shooting from vehicles and using firearms during bow season. 

“The Humane Society of the United States commends the New York Department of Environmental Conservation for its recent law enforcement operation that sends a clear message that illegal hunting activities will not be tolerated here,” said Patrick Kwan, New York state director for The HSUS.  “Poachers callously disregard wildlife protection laws and pose serious risks to wildlife and public safety. With the help of citizens who report suspected wildlife violations to the dedicated tip line, wildlife law enforcement officers are on the front lines of the effort to catch these criminals.”

New Yorkers can take their role as stewards of wildlife seriously by reporting suspected wildlife violations to 1-800-TIPP DEC.

 

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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