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Want to report a poacher? Now you can do it online

Report suspicious or illegal hunting and fishing activity, dangerous wildlife encounters and serious public lands abuse by phone or online. Report a Poacher

Albertans can now report poachers online using a computer or their smartphone.

Until now, the only way to report poaching activity, dangerous wildlife or public land abuse was to phone the Report a Poacher hotline.

However, on Friday, the Alberta government announced the launch of a form on the Report a Poacher website, which can be filled out and submitted online.

Once submitted, the information in the form is sent to fish and wildlife officers for them to investigate.

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The province stressed Friday that emergencies and incidents that require immediate attention should still be reported through the 24-hour Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.

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“Phoning is still the fastest way to reach an officer,” a Friday news release explained. “While the new website can be used to report issues that are less urgent, people reporting through either the phone or the web can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.”

If a person is comfortable providing their contact information, the province said it can help make an investigation more successful as the investigating officer may have followup questions.

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Any personal information Albertans choose to provide is kept confidential.

“The Report a Poacher program helps ensure Alberta’s wide variety of wildlife species and diverse landscapes are protected for future generations,” Alberta Justice Minister and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said.

“Our hope is that by making it easier to report suspicious hunting or fishing activity, it will encourage more Albertans to act responsibly when enjoying the outdoors.”

Between 2016 and 2017, there were 14,894 calls to the Report a Poacher hotline.

In total, the province said there were 9,133 enforcement actions taken by fish and wildlife officers, which include charges and written warnings under various legislation.

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