Exposing Georgia’s wildlife offenses
GDNR to host ‘The Poaching Chronicles”
SOCIAL CIRCLE — The Law Enforcement section of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will share stories of wildlife violators Sunday, Aug. 19 on The Poacher Chronicles — a monthly segment featured on Jim Solomon’s “Xplor the Outdoors” radio show. Georgia is one of three states participating in the radio program, which aims to reveal to the public the magnitude of poaching throughout the country.
Since 2002, Georgia has been a member of the Wildlife Violator Compact — a multistate agreement that allows conservation enforcement agencies to share information on violators of hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. This agreement has aided the Law Enforcement section of WRD, increasing the efficiency of conservation rangers in their effort to protect our wildlife resources. The August 19 show of The Poacher Chronicles will highlight past WVC and poaching cases that occurred in Georgia.
“The Wildlife Violator Compact has given the Division the authority to better administer the statutes, laws, regulations and administrative rules utilized in the management of wildlife resources,” says WRD Law Enforcement Capt. Mike England. Captain England is also the Chairman of Wildlife Violator Compact nationwide.
“The compact is a convenient service for hunters, fishermen and trappers of member states and it increases the efficiency of WRD Conservation Rangers by allowing more time for enforcement duties rather than violator processing procedures.” Currently, there are twenty-six member states.
Under the WVC agreement, a non-resident from a member state caught violating Georgia wildlife laws by a WRD Conservation Ranger may be issued an appearance citation as if they were a resident. The violation is reported to their home state and if the person does not handle the charges as instructed, their privileges are suspended not only in their home state, but also in all member states until the Georgia citation is properly handled.
The Wildlife Violator Compact also provides for reciprocal recognition of suspensions and revocations by member states. In other words, a person who has their privileges suspended in a member state due to a wildlife violation, may also have their privileges suspended here in Georgia.
“Through the WVC, wildlife law violators are held more responsible due to the fact that their illegal activities in one state can affect their privileges in all member states,” explains England.
The Aug. 19 segment of The Poacher Chronicles is scheduled to air 8-9 a.m. (PST) on “Xplor the Outdoors” outdoor radio show, which is broadcast on KDUS 1060 A.M. radio and is also available online at xplortheoutdoors.com.
For more information on the Wildlife Violator Compact, contact the nearest WRD Law Enforcement Office or call (770) 918-6414.