RENO — Nevada wildlife officials have launched a new online tool to help catch poachers and others who violate the state's wildlife laws.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife unveiled the new app Monday that allows citizens to use their smartphones to connect with the department to get information and submit anonymous tips with a customized app.
It's called “NDOW Tip.” Users can connect directly to the Operation Game Thief hotline, or send in videos or photos of illegal or suspicious activity.
Chief Game Warden Mike Maynard says it will give officers in the field more access to information from the community as they carry out their job to protect Nevada's wildlife.
Game Warden Capt. Brian Eller says Nevada is a big state so they need all the help they can get.
Members of the public can still report information via NDOW's website — www.ndow.org — or call the Operation Game Thief hotline directly at 1-800-992-3030. They also can text a message with the word "NDOWTIP" to 847411 (tip411).