ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Memorial Day weekend brought numerous outdoor enthusiasts to the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area and Split Rock Reservoir, in Rockaway Township.
While most visitors engaged in a variety of recreational activities consistent with the area’s purpose as wildlife habitat, Fish and Wildlife’s Conservation Police Officers were busy protecting this public resource from abuse during the holiday weekend.
During the Memorial Day Weekend, three arrests were made. There were 21 summonses issued – 4 for entering or remaining after hours, 8 for swimming on a WMA, 3 for possession of alcohol on a WMA, 2 for unregistered boats on a WMA, 1 for fishing without a license, 1 for possession of two (2) largemouth bass under the legal size limit, 1 for possession of two (2) largemouth bass during closed season, 1 for possession of one (1) pickerel under the legal size limit and 1 motor vehicle summons for careless driving.
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area is one of 122 areas statewide purchased with funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, state waterfowl stamps and through the Green Acres Program. The State’s Wildlife Management Area System encompasses nearly 354,930 acres.
Visitors can find more information on the Wildlife Management Area System, including maps and regulations, at the division’s website.