DOVER – To achieve public compliance through education and enforcement actions that help conserve Delaware’s fish and wildlife resources and ensure safe boating and public safety, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers between Nov. 27- Dec. 3 made 1,590 contacts with hunters, anglers, boaters and the general public, including 120 vessel boardings for boating safety and fishing and hunting regulation compliance checks, issuing 52 citations. Officers responded to 32 complaints regarding possible violations of laws and regulations or requests to assist the public. An increased Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police presence continued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area and Michael N. Castle Trail.
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Actions
Incidents of note:
· On Nov. 28, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested Kimberly T. Jackson, 57, of Millsboro, for one count each of firearm possession by a person prohibited, aggravated menacing, terroristic threatening, impede lawful hunting, and unlicensed hunting following an investigation into a confrontation that occurred between hunters near Millsboro. Jackson was arraigned at Sussex County Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on a $22,150 unsecured bond pending a future court appearance in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas.
· On Nov. 28, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police officers arrested three downstate men for multiple deer hunting violations. The following press release was released in regards to the incident: DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrest three downstate men on multiple deer hunting violations
Citations issued by category, with the number of charges in parentheses, included:
Wildlife Conservation: Failure to tag antlered deer (3), failure to retain tag on antlered deer (3), failure to check antlered deer within 24 hours (3), removing antlered deer parts prior to checking (3), hunt antlered deer during archery season with a weapon other than a bow and arrow (3), impede lawful hunting (1), kill any antlered deer without first purchasing a hunters choice tag (3), illegal method of take (3), failure to complete mandatory hunter education (1), and unlicensed hunting (4).
Fisheries Conservation: Recreational: possession of over the limit shad (4) and possession of undersize tautog (1).
Public Safety: Firearm possession by person prohibited (1), aggravated menacing (1), terroristic threatening (1), possession of drug paraphernalia (2), and possession of marijuana-civil (1)*.
Other: Operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway on a state wildlife area (1)*, operating an unlicensed or unregistered vehicle on a wildlife area (1)*, trespassing after hours on a state wildlife area (10)*, littering/dumping on a state forest area (1), and parking violation for unattended vehicle (1).
*Includes citation(s) issued at the C&D Canal Conservation Area.
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish, wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at http://de.gov/ogt.
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