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Tip411 app lets you report outdoor related violations

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Baton Rouge, La. - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries introduced a free app for both Android and iPhone users that will allow citizens to report wildlife violations.

"We unveiled the LADWF Tips app for iPhones in 2011 and it has shown to be very useful and has helped make a number of cases that have led to arrests and convictions," said LDWF Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the Enforcement Division. "We are pleased to announce that we now have an Android app that will reach a larger percentage of people that can now report wildlife violations."

The tip411 program is part of the state's Operation Game Thief, which may offer a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

Citizens can also send an anonymous tip and photos to Wildlife and Fisheries agents by texting 847411.

The state says, "CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text."

"We're proud to make this technology available to our citizens free of charge. This tip411 program will help our citizens play an active role in helping us enforce current conservation rules and regulations," said Col. Vidrine. "This program will engage younger folks in the process and it will save our agency time and resources."

There is also a 24 hour toll free hotline. Callers can report tips to 1-800-442-2511.

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