Refuge Law Enforcement
Since 1903, Refuge law enforcement officers, called Federal Wildlife Officers, have been responsible for protecting wildlife and habitat, protecting cultural resources, safeguarding refuge facilities and infrastructure, and ensuring public safety. Patrolling by land, air, and water, Federal Wildlife Officers are on the front lines of resource conservation on national wildlife refuges, wetland management districts, and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands in the Region. These officers perform a full range of law enforcement duties such as hunting and fishing enforcement, resource patrols, conservation easement monitoring and enforcement, investigations, special events support, decoy operations, game check stations, and public outreach.
At Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge officers perform a full range of law enforcement duties including patrols, surveillance, investigations, apprehensions, case management, and judicial proceedings.
They enforce Federal wildlife statutes and conservation laws that protect wildlife, natural and cultural resources, agency employees, and the public. Wildlife Officers also enforce Federal regulations governing hunting, fishing, and public use on national wildlife refuges, wetland management districts, and other Service managed lands. This includes performing patrol operations in diverse settings and environments including vehicle, boat, plane, all-terrain vehicle, horseback, and foot.
Our wildlife officers work in cooperation with other federal, state, and local agencies. Additionally, they strive to work with hunters, anglers, bird watchers, youth, and other user groups to educate the public about National Wildlife Refuge System lands, programs, and resources.
If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules & Regulations on the Refuge, please feel free to call our Refuge Law Enforcement at 435.734.6435 or visit the US FWS Refuge Law Enforcement website: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/lawEnforcement/index.php
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Bear River has several priority bird species dependent on the wetland habitats of the Refuge and the Great Salt Lake such as Cinnamon teal, White-faced ibis and Franklin's gulls.