Wisconsin launches anonymous text program to report violations
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has added a text messaging option to ways the public can report hunting, fishing, trapping, recreational vehicle and environmental violations.
DNR is launching tip411, an internet-based tool that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to the department. Hotline operators respond back creating a two way anonymous "chat."
"People in Wisconsin have a deeply ingrained conservation ethic," said chief conservation warden Randy Stark. "The public plays a critical role in our efforts to protect our natural resources. This new capability creates an additional way for the public to quickly, easily, and anonymously report violations."
Anyone with a cell phone that has texting service can now send an anonymous tip to Wisconsin DNR from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by texting the word TIPWDNR and the tip information to tip411.
The state also has a 24-hour confidential telephone tip line. Individuals can contact customer service staff by phone between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. as well.
Officials reminded people that emergencies should be reported by phone so that proper response can be expedited.