The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State's natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday.

The public will be able to instantly report poachers and polluters using a new toll-free hotline that will help to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws that protect the State’s natural resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced Thursday.
The toll-free hotline number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).
The hotline will be staffed 24/7 and connect callers to a DEC police dispatcher.
The reports can lead to arrests made by state Environmental Conservation Officers of include poachers who shoot wildlife from a highway, illegal burning of wastes, exceeding the legal limit for taking wildlife, illegal dumping, over-harvest of fish, disposal of waste oil down storm drains, possessing endangered species, illegal use of pesticides and excessive smoke from diesel vehicles.