The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking that anyone who may witness dumping, vandalism, violations of fish and wildlife regulations or other illegal activities near the Nanticoke Wildlife Area near Laurel to report such activities.
In recent months, Nanticoke Wildlife Area has been plagued by a variety of violations including: dumping trash, furniture, appliances, scrap tires, yard waste and more. An 8-foot tall granite monument commemorating Captain John Smith's historic 1608 expedition and mapping of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries was pulled off of its base at Phillips Landing, resulting in $2,500 in damages. This incident resulted in four arrests. Violators' penalties included probation, community service, and paying fines.
"We encourage the public to enjoy our Fish and Wildlife areas and the unique outdoor experiences they offer. However, state wildlife areas are public lands with a conservation mission – and the Division of Fish and Wildlife's mission is to protect and conserve these areas for future generations," said David Saveikis, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. "As stewards of this land for Delaware, we cannot allow a few people who do not respect this mission to ruin things for the many who do."
For more information or to report illegal activities call (800) 523-3336.