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Law Enforcement

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a law enforcement presence on National Wildlife Refuge lands. 

The primary purpose of National Wildlife Refuges is protecting and managing habitat, wildlife, and other natural resources. Federal law enforcement officers ensure the safety of the public and the protection of natural resources. They address illegal activities, including poaching, taking of endangered species, dumping of trash, illegal operation of all-terrain vehicles, trespassing and more.

The presence of federal law enforcement officers and California game wardens helps provide an added measure of safety and security for the visiting public and wildlife.

To report a violation on the Merced National Wildlife Refuge:
Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., please report it to the San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters at 209/826-3508. After hours, please call 911 for emergencies.

California Poaching Hotline (CalTIP)
The California Department of Fish and Game offers a Poacher Hotline where tips may be provided. If you suspect poaching activity, please call CalTIP at 888/334-2258.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2012
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