What is RAPP?
The Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) program is a toll free tip-line and web-based service that allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws – anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender.
Available 24/7, RAPP is simple, safe and effective. It is based on the principle that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve the crime. Just like the police use Crimestoppers, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service needs your help in catching poachers and polluters.
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.
The RAPP hotline should also be used to report wildlife-human interactions where public safety may be at risk.
Your Report Can Make a Difference!
With accurate reporting, Emergency Call Centre staff will quickly relay your information to the nearest available Conservation Officer. Accurate and timely violation reports:
- reduce Conservation Officer response time; and
- increase the likelihood of apprehension and successful prosecution.
In addition to minimizing any damage caused by poachers and polluters, you can help prevent violations before they even occur. The watchful eyes of responsible and informed resource users are a powerful deterrent to potential violators.
As one example of the types of penalties violators are subject to, provisions in the Wildlife Act allow for the following upon conviction:
- A poacher’s hunting licence can be cancelled for up to 30 years.
- A poacher may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment, which could be:
- up to $25,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for the majority of offences under the Wildlife Act;
- up to $50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for offences that could harm the wildlife resource or that reflect serious unethical practices related to illegal hunting or trapping; or
- $1,000 to $100,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment for offences related to the illegal trade in live wildlife or killing endangered species.
The BC Wildlife Federation pays rewards up to $2000 for information leading to the conviction of persons who have:
- violated laws related to the protection of fish, wildlife, or the environment, or
- damaged the property of companies or individuals who provide access to hunters and anglers.