DNREC issues citations to clean up wildlife area ‘problem spots’ in Kent

DOVER — Using staff and time economically, DNREC’s law enforcement arm cleaned up several Kent County problem spots over the Memorial Day weekend.

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police issued 68 citations from May 24 to May 28 covering illegal drug use, littering, trespassing, fishing and hunting violations. Chief Drew Aydelotte said the agency responded to public complaints and observations by DNREC workers regarding state-managed properties.

“Overall this was good proactive law enforcement work,” Chief Aydelotte said. “We had good information on ongoing illegal activity and we acted on that.”

With heightened activity expected during the long weekend, DNREC allocated resources that would meet opportunity to maximize enforcement opportunities.

“We hit the times that were most appropriate,” Chief Aydelotte said.

The enforcement sweep will benefit all visitors to areas moving forward.

“Obviously we want people to experience cleaner, safer environments, and protecting the public will always be our top priority,” Chief Aydelotte said.

According to DNREC, citations issued during the operation included: 37 citations issued for trespassing after hours; five drug-related offenses; 21 fishing violations; and four boating violations.

Chief Aydelotte said all the arrests were routine and no attempts to flee or resist officers were made.

Offenses were detected at Woodland Beach fishing pier, Bowers Beach boat ramp, Port Mahon boat ramp and fishing pier near Dover, Cedar Creek boat ramp and fishing area near Slaughter Beach, Haven Lake boat ramp and Blairs Pond boat ramp near Milford, Mud Mill Pond west of Dover, Wyoming Mill Pond, Coursey Pond and McGinnis Pond near Frederica.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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