May 4, 2016 11:36 AM

Nonprofit to help raise money for NH wildlife violation tips

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department, a cash-strapped, self-funded agency, is welcoming the return of a nonprofit group to raise money and awareness to encourage people to report hunting and fishing violations.

Lt. Wayne Saunders, head of the state's Operation Game Thief program, says its nonprofit partner was dissolved back in 2001 as it became harder to replace departing members of its volunteer board.

But department officials realized through the years that they needed more help from sportsmen and women who care about wildlife and point to states like Maine, which have done a good job of raising money through the years to help reward tips on wildlife violations.

Saunders says his department has no budget for marketing, advertising and paying for information, so the nonprofit will be an asset.

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