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February 14 12:23 PM

Operation Game Thief issues $18,000 in rewards in 2013

Louisiana Operation Game Thief Inc.

(LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $18,000 to diligent citizens statewide in 2013.

The LOGT board met three times in 2013 and reviewed a total of 41 cases. A total of 68 subjects were apprehended, and a total of 294 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.

The LOGT has paid out a total of $342,700 since its inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted mostly of turkey, deer and alligator violations.

“We depend on LOGT and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” said Louisiana De partment of Wildlife and Fisheries and LOGT coordinator Lt. Will Roberts. “LOGT provides the incentive for the public to come forward, which is the cash rewards offered for information leading to arrests in these cases.”

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24- hour toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1- 800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF’s new tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge. Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat.”

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