Episode 21: Operation Game Thief Protects Pennsylvania Wildlife

Wildlife crimes affect everyone. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Operation Game Thief (OGT) program provides a way for people to directly report information related to wildlife crimes. Reporting illegal wildlife activity helps to protect our wild birds and mammals for current and future generations.

In this episode, Game Commission Marketing Director Matt Morrett talks with the Bureau of Wildlife Protection’s Chad Eyler and Brian Sheetz about our state’s wildlife protection programs, including OGT. To confidentially report information, call the OGT hotline toll-free – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year – at 1-888-PGC-8001 or fill out a form online at With more than 1,500 tips a year, Pennsylvania’s program is ranked third in the nation behind Texas and Florida. 

From its first days, Pennsylvania was founded on William Penn’s belief that wildlife belongs to everyone. Today, our state Constitution says that all the natural resources within this Commonwealth belong to the people. The Pennsylvania Game Commission serves as the state’s wildlife agency and is dedicated to managing and protecting wildlife and their habitats, while promoting hunting and trapping, for current and future generations.

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