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Crushing our ivory sends a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. Photo by Kate Miyamoto, USFWS.

Turn in poachers

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Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature.

Poaching isn’t just about the illegal harvest of elephant tusks and rhino horns – it can be a serious issue here in the southern Appalachians, impacting game animals, hurting the chances of recovering endangered species, and affecting our ability to continue harvesting traditional forest products like ginseng.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has a new program to help cut animal poaching by rewarding members of the public who report suspicious activity or provide knowledge related to wildlife poaching that results in a conviction. The Turn-In-Poachers program was developed in partnership with the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, with funding for the rewards coming from money collected from convictions of wildlife law violations.

These rewards range from $100 to $1,000, depending on the severity of the crime and the fines assessed by the court. All tips received through the program will remain anonymous. However, to be eligible for the reward, you must provide the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission with your name and contact information. Tips can be submitted in four ways: at tipsubmit.com, via the app tipsubmit, via text to 274637, or via phone to 1-855-Wildtip. Visit ncwildlife.org for more information.

For WNCW and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this is Gary Peeples.

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