Wildlife Alert Reward Categories

Violation levels as stated in Florida Statutes 379.401 – 379.504 and 403.161. The violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

Level I Violations - $100.00 Reward

  • Hunting/Fishing/Trapping without a license
  • No quota permit or hunting zone assignment violation
  • Possession of captive wildlife without the required free permit
  • Environmental Crimes – infraction

Level II Violations - $300.00 Reward

  • Over bag limit of small game or fish
  • Taking small game or any saltwater finfish, shellfish, or crustaceans during closed season, by illegal method, or from closed areas during closed season or in closed areas
  • Feeding or enticement of alligators or crocodiles
  • No Retail Saltwater Products license
  • Taking protected wildlife species (i.e. migratory birds)
  • Possession of captive wildlife without the required fee permit
  • Environmental Crimes – 2nd degree misdemeanor
  • Molesting endangered/threatened species

Level III Violations - $500.00 Reward

  • Illegal sale or possession of alligators
  • Unlawful taking of a quantity of saltwater species or taking with prohibited gear 
  • Unlawful possession, transportation, or sale of commercial quantities of game fish, salt-water species, or fresh water fish
  • Illegal taking and possession of deer or wild turkey
  • Falsification of applicant information for possession of captive wildlife
  • Environmental Crimes – 1st degree misdemeanor

Level IV Violations - $600.00 Reward

  • Taking/killing an endangered/threatened species
  • Trap robbing (lobster, stone crab, etc)
  • Boating under the influence (BUI)
  • Unlawfully killing, injuring, possessing, or capturing of alligators or other crocodilians or their eggs
  • Environmental Crimes – felony

Felony Violations (extreme cases) up to $1,000.00 Reward

  • Commercial trafficking of wildlife (except panfish)
  • Organized black-market taking and sale of protected species 
  • Knowingly violating rules and regulations related to The Florida Aquatic Weed Control Act or aquatic plant management

NOTE: In the event of multiple violations, the reward shall be up to the maximum level of the most serious offense.

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