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Conservation group announces national anti-poaching campaign

August 18, 2009 | 11:02 am

No_poachingIn an effort to curb illegal hunting nationwide, Whitetails Unlimited has unveiled a campaign of anti-poaching signs and decals available free.

Loosely modeled on a "neighborhood watch" program, the signs encourage anyone who witnesses dubious hunting activity to report it to enforcement agencies. 

"All true conservationists have an obligation to help fight poaching," said Whitetails Unlimited Executive Director Pete Gerl. "It's as simple as being conscious of what's happening around you while in the field and reporting any suspicious activity to law enforcement."

Printed on heavy plastic, the signs have room enough to write the local agency phone number, if desired.

"Poaching steals from all of us, destroys our natural resources, and tends to cast a negative light on the sport of regulated hunting," Gerl said. "Wardens and law enforcement can't be everywhere, and they need the help of all citizens to catch those who think they are above the law."

Free signs, decals and wallet cards are available by contacting WTU headquarters at (800) 274-5471.

-- Kelly Burgess