"Mike, what is the Wyoming Wildlife Protectors Association?"

The Wyoming Wildlife Protectors Association (WWPA) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to support the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Stop Poaching” program. The WWPA provides cash rewards to individuals who provide information leading to an arrest and conviction of poachers.

Reporting wildlife violations can be done 24 hours/day via:

  • Call the toll-free telephone number at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-2847)
  • Game and Fish website
  • Texting keyword WGFD and message to TIP411 (847-411)
  • Android phone app
Informants are not required to reveal their name, testify in court or sign a deposition, allowing for complete anonymity if requested. Reward amounts for tips leading to convictions ordinarily range from $100 up to $5,000. A certificate of appreciation is sent to each informant along with the cash reward.

All reward payments come from court-ordered restitution paid by defendants directly to the WWPA or donations from individuals and non-governmental organizations.

Since the reward program’s inception, the WWPA has paid out over $296,000 to individuals that provide information that leads to a poaching conviction. In the last 10 years, nearly 5,000 cases have been investigated based on tips received through the Stop Poaching program. Many of the most serious and high-profile poaching cases in Wyoming have begun with tips from concerned citizens. You can read about some on our website. To donate to the WWPA’s reward fund, please call (307) 233-6400.  “Help Us Stand Watch” over Wyoming’s wildlife.

Mike Choma
Law Enforcement Supervisor

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