Turn in Poachers has named Kipp Duncan, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer who patrols the Duluth area, as its 2017 Joe Alexander Conservation Officer of the Year. Duncan also won the award in 2010.
As in previous years, Duncan was among many officers qualified to receive the award, said Dennis Mackedanz, executive director of TIP. The award, named in honor of former conservation officer and DNR Commissioner Joe Alexander, is presented each year to an officer who best represents the TIP mission during the course of duty.
“Kipp exemplifies the strength of the DNR/TIP partnership by his history of being engaged with the program,” said Mackedanz, noting Duncan has been part of TIP committees, promotes the partnership through education, and generates cases based on TIP calls.
Duncan said he’s humbled to receive the award a second time and notes the TIP program gives citizens an opportunity – anonymously if they choose – to help their local conservation officer.
“Our natural resources benefit and poachers have a higher likelihood of being caught because of the TIP organization,” Duncan said. “A high percentage of the cases I am a part of that involve intentional poaching originate from TIP calls. Without that TIP call, many cheaters would not be held accountable and our natural resources would suffer.”
TIP is a nonprofit organization that cooperates with DNR Enforcement Division to encourage the public to report natural resource violations. TIP provides rewards to people who provide information that lead to arrests of game and fish law violators. The TIP line is 800-652-9093, or #TIP for most cell phone users. For information, log on to mndnr.gov/enforcement/tip.html.