By Corporal J. P. Greer
Article and photos from Spring 2014 issue of Arkansas Wildlife Officers Association Magazine
During the month of June 2013 alone, Drew County Wildlife Officers issued more than 25 citations for littering violations, which totaled more than $5,000 in fines. Litter is a never-ending issue in the Natural State that affects everyone. Take a drive down any road, or visit a local waterway, and you’ll find a plethora of discarded items ranging from six-pack rings to box springs. Not only is litter unsightly, it poses potential dangers to wildlife, such as ingestion of inedible materials, injuries, and poisoning. Despite attempts to educate the public, people continue to carelessly toss their rubbish.
Many of us grew up watching public service announcements from a concerned owl urging us to “Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute.” Modern-day campaigns ask us to make Arkansas “Shine.” Gum wrappers display the message to “put litter in its place” while showing a person tossing trash into a receptacle. The message is definitely out there, which explains why, when writing a littering citation, I’ve never received the excuse, “Oh, I didn’t know I couldn’t do that!”
Let’s continue to do our part by disposing of garbage properly while enjoying the Arkansas outdoors