DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement reports busy 2010 summer season

by Dave on September 10, 2010

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents had a busy summer season that included 15 search and rescue operations and 24 rescues that saved lives, according to statistics released today.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents made arrests for a variety of violations of Delaware fishing, hunting and boating laws, including: nine arrests for boating under the influence, 378 arrests for other boating violations, 366 arrests for fishing violations, 177 arrests for crabbing violations, 13 for clamming violations, six hunting violations, nine arrests for illegal dumping on a wildlife area, and 13 for other wildlife area violations including entering after hours.

Other criminal arrests included 14 arrests for drugs, four for disorderly conduct, three resisting arrest, 15 traffic violations, two for endangering the welfare of a child, and one arrest each for reckless endangering and offensive touching.

Overall, during the summer of 2010, Delaware Fish and Wildlife agents made 35,528 contacts with the public, including 5,949 vessel boardings, and worked a total of 2,954 hours on marine patrol. They also responded to 19 boat accidents, including two fatalities.

DNREC’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are police officers with specialized training in wildlife and marine patrol work. Their jurisdiction includes thousands of acres of state wildlife areas as well as ponds, waterways and the Delaware coastline. They enforce Delaware regulations governing wildlife, hunting, fishing and boating as well as criminal and civil violations.

Citizens are encouraged to call the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section’s toll-free, 24-hour complaint Line at 302-739-4580 to report illegal hunting and fishing activities or other illegal actions on wildlife lands.

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