Special Agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement are plainclothes criminal investigators who enforce federal wildlife laws throughout the United States. They target criminal activities, such as wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction, that undermine U.S. efforts to conserve wildlife resources.
Service Special Agents work to protect threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, marine mammals and imperiled animals and plants around the world. Their investigations document violations of wildlife laws (such as the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Lacey Act), as well as such crimes as smuggling, conspiracy, money laundering, mail and wire fraud and false statements.
Wildlife Inspectors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are the nation's frontline defense against the illegal wildlife trade - a criminal enterprise that threatens species worldwide. These professional import-export control officers ensure that wildlife shipments comply with U.S. and international wildlife protection laws.
Stationed at the nation's major international airports, ocean ports and border crossings, Wildlife Inspectors monitor an annual trade worth more than $2.8 billion. They stop illegal shipments, intercept smuggled wildlife and wildlife products, and help the United States fulfill its commitment to global wildlife conservation.
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