Ex­pos­ing Ge­or­gia’s wildlife of­fenses

GDNR to host ‘The Poach­ing Chron­i­cles”

The Covington News - - AGRICULTURE & OUTDOORS -

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.

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