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SD poaching tips spurs 394 cases in past year

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A program that offers reward money for tips about illegal hunting or fishing in South Dakota paid out $8,725 last year.

Turn In Poachers is run through the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks.

The meida reports that the program produced 394 investigations in the fiscal year ending June 30. It resulted in 146 arrests and citations that netted $77,000 in fines and civil penalties.

The agency says there have been more than 3,000 arrests and more than $1 million in fines and civil penalties since the program began in 1984.

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