In Michigan, reporting poachers now as easy as sending a text

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making it easier for citizens to report fish and game violations through the convenience of text messaging.

The Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline (800-292-7800) now accepts text messages in addition to telephone calls. Text messages may include photos. The RAP hotline is a toll-free, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week number that enables citizens to report violations of fish and game laws, as well as other natural resource-related laws. It is operated by DNR’s Law Enforcement Division. The DNR also offers a web-based reporting form.

Upon receiving a text, the RAP system immediately replies with a message stating that a dispatcher soon will be in touch with the complainant. A link to the RAP webpage is included. A dispatcher will begin a conversation with the complainant via text, collecting information just as dispatchers would do during a phone call. Complainants wanting to speak to a dispatcher can request a return phone call or call the RAP hotline.

RAP dispatchers are highly trained professionals. They operate with state-of-the-art technology and can immediately contact DNR conservation officers in the field. This ability to quickly collect and relay information has led to the arrest and prosecution of numerous violators.

The Report All Poaching system was created by legislation in 1980 to address the public’s concerns about the detrimental effects of poaching. The system has paid off and remains a critical tool in safeguarding Michigan’s natural resources.

In addition to protecting the personal information of complainants, RAP provides for monetary awards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of poachers.

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