Reporting Wildlife Crime

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When reporting the event of a wildlife crime it is best to think through the event. Using a simple checklist you can help the necessary authority stamp out these problems throughout the country. Such information will aid the authorities in searching the area and better focus their investigations.


When reporting the event of a wildlife crime:


DO:

  • Report any suspicious activity to your local police as soon as possible and ask to speak with their wildlife crime officer.
  • Take notes of date, time and weather conditions.
  • If possible, try to identify the map reference of the location (either by normal or GPS means) by reading both the scene of the incident and the location that the incident was witnessed from.
  • Make notes of a description of the person(s) involved in the incident, including the gender, age, height, clothing, etc.
  • Make note of any vehicle registration numbers, makes and models, as well as colours of vehicles that may be involved in the incident.
  • Try to identify other witnesses present to the incident and gather their name and contact details.
  • If possible, photograph or video the scene, or if unable to do this make a rough sketch of the area.
  • Cover any suspected poisoned baits or victims in order to prevent any other contact by animals or people.
  • Report the incident, even if you are unsure of the event. The evidence of wildlife crimes are not always obvious to see.

DON’T:

  • Disturb the scene by moving items or walking about unnecessarily.
  • Touch the dead animals or birds, especially if you suspect poisons to be involved in the incident.
  • Interfere with legal countryside practices, such as the legal use of traps, snares, hides, high seats and shooting butts.

NEVER:

  • Approach suspects or intervene if you suspect someone is committing a wildlife crime. Such actions may put you in unnecessary danger.