Wildlife crime in northeast Wyoming is on the rise. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has the story.
In 2012, the number of wildlife violations in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Sheridan Region increased by almost 6 percent. Game Wardens handled 750 wildlife and watercraft violations compared to 708 in 2011. Sheridan Game Warden Bruce Scigliano.
Scigliano says that wanton destruction, sometimes called thrill killing, was especially troublesome in 2012.
Bruce said that the public has played a big role in cracking down on wildlife violations, as most of the cases of wanton destruction, waste and over-limit are detected as a result of a phone call from the public. The G&F encourages anyone with knowledge of violations to call the stop poaching hotline at 1-877-943-3847.