Report Violations 1 - 800 - 478 - 3377
Fish and Wildlife Safeguard is a non-profit volunteer citizen's organization that works in cooperation with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. By providing a toll-free hotline phone number which citizens may call to report a resource law violation, the organization gives the public an opportunity to become involved in protecting Alaska's natural resources.
Essentially, a person calls the 1-800-478-3377 hotline number to report a violation.
That call is received by an attendant who completes a hotline tip form, following some guidelines required by WSG (Wildlife Safeguard). First they are asked if they want to remain anonymous, and they are cautioned if they don't, their identity can become part of an official investigation and "discovered" during a later prosecution. Second, they are asked if they want to be considered for a reward. If they do, and wish to remain anonymous, they are given a code of colors and numbers and the tip number to refer back to. After the tip information is given, the tip is faxed to the trooper having jurisdiction for investigation. The original is forwarded to the WSG liaison for review to see that it was forwarded to the correct post, and then it is sent to the WSG Board where they catalog and maintain all records.
This very worthwhile program has become less active due to much reduced funding in the last 3-4 years. Although the organization has continued to operate its toll free hotline, reduced donations have forced a slow in organization business, interest has waned considerably and rewards have been paid out at reduced levels and sometimes, less timely.
There are actually three regional boards, one in Southeast, one in South Central and one in the Interior. At this point only the south-central board remains active, although there is a resurgence of interest in Juneau and Fairbanks. Having one Board act on all issues statewide is less efficient than if all Boards were active.
Sometimes the troopers we have in this state are not available to investigate these calls immediately. Many are in remote one-man posts or in busy recreation hotspots where they are already inundated with other labor-intensive responsibilities like congested sport fisheries, contentious commercial fisheries and game patrols that can take them away from phones for extended periods. But, they do the very best they can to address complaints as quickly as they can.
5700 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone: (907) 269-5511