Michigan poaching tipster system now accepts text messages

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – If you want to tip off authorities about fish and game violations in Michigan, there’s an easy way: Send a text message.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says its Report All Poaching hotline has begun accepting text messages in addition to telephone calls. The number is 800-292-7800. Text messages may include photos.

The hotline is toll-free and is monitored 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week.

It’s operated by the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division, which also offers a web-based reporting form.

After receiving a text, the Report All Poaching system immediately replies with a message stating that a dispatcher soon will be in touch.

The dispatcher will then request details as would be done during a phone call.

The system provides rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers.

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