Conservation Officer Service
Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP)
Dial Toll Free 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or Report Violators Online
How Can I Help?
While any information concerning a suspected or known violation can be useful, consider the guidelines described below. Remember, never confront or attempt to apprehend a suspect.
Step 1 - What to Observe
The types of environmental violations to report include:
- Illegal waste disposal (household or business)
- Unlawful burning
- The discharge of chemicals or sewage to lakes or rivers
- Damage to fish or wildlife habitat
- Exceeding the daily bag or catch limit
- Use of illegal hunting or fishing gear
- Fishing or hunting out of season or in closed areas
- Unauthorized collection or sale of fish and wildlife or their parts
You ability to recognize a violation improves if you are familiar with current provincial and federal environmental laws and regulations. The following links may be helpful:
Step 2 – What to Record
Your observations should be recorded in note form as soon as possible. While photographs and video are often helpful, remember, never confront or attempt to apprehend a suspect .
Where possible, your notes should include the following important facts:
Description of Suspect(s)
- How many? (enter a separate report for each suspect)
- Height / weight
- Eyes (colour)
- Hair (e.g. color, style, facial hair)
- Physical attributes (e.g. tattoos, scars)
- Other Features (e.g. accent, mannerisms)
Details of Violation
- Date and time
- Type of violation
- Suspect’s actions / comments
- Type of hunting / fishing gear or other equipment used
- Vehicle, vessel, aircraft
- Licence / vessel No.
- Province or State
- Make, model, year
- Distinctive features (e.g. damage, stripes, customizing)
- List the name, address and phone # for each
Step 3 – How to Report
If you have just witnessed a serious violation, call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.
If the situation is not an emergency , report the incident online or contact the nearest Conservation Officer Service district office - see Contacts.
For fisheries violations related to salmon, contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at 1-800-465-4336.
You can also contact your local RCMP detachment or municipal police.