Law Enforcement
Northeast Region

New England District - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont

About Us

The New England District Office of Law Enforcement is located in Chelsea, Mass. The Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) is responsible for the supervision of Special Agents and Wildlife Inspectors stationed across the six-state New England region. The office is comprised of the RAC, Law Enforcement Support Assistants, Special Agents, Wildlife Inspectors and a Wildlife Inspection Assistant. The office is near downtown Boston where other federal law enforcement agencies have located their Special Agent in Charge Offices for New England.

Chelsea is located immediately north of Boston, in close proximity to Logan International Airport, where most of the Wildlife Inspector’s efforts are focused. The Port of Boston has been designated by the Service as one of the U.S. ports where wildlife and wildlife products can be legally imported. Wildlife Inspectors work closely with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to interdict smuggling and deter the illicit international wildlife trade. Inspectors also provide assistance to CBP officers stationed at the many land border ports located in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Additional partner law enforcement agencies include the Service’s Office of Refuge Law Enforcement, the Massachusetts Environmental Police, NOAA – Office of Law Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, National Park Service Rangers and the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada.

Special Agents assigned to the Chelsea Office provide primary Service law enforcement response to Metropolitan Greater Boston, northeastern and central Massachusetts. Special Agents investigate wildlife smuggling cases in close coordination with Service Wildlife Inspectors at the Port of Boston. Agents also routinely conduct joint enforcement activities with officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police including investigations into the illicit commercialization of native wildlife, the illegal killing of hawks, owls, bald eagles, and the enforcement of waterfowl hunting regulations.

Several high profile federal endangered, threatened and trust species, whose survivability is greatly dependent on the ability to coexist in close proximity to a heavily populated area utilize this region for breeding habitat. These species include piping plover (pdf - 226KB), roseate terns, bald eagles, ospreys and a large variety of colonial nesting shore birds. Approximately half of the entire Atlantic Coast’s piping plover population utilizes many of Massachusetts' and Rhode Islands' flat, sandy beaches as nesting habitat. These same beach areas are also very popular with the thousands of local residents and tourists who flock to these shorelines for their summer recreation.

For further information or to report a violation, contact the Chelsea, Mass., Office of Law Enforcement by phone or email.

News in the New England District Resident Agent in Charge

David Sykes

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of Law Enforcement
70 Everett Avenue, Suite 315
Chelsea, MA 02150-2363

Phone: 617-889-6616
Fax: 617-889-1980

This office oversees the following Field Offices:

Connecticut Maine New Hampshire Rhode Island Vermont
Tolland, Conn. East Orland, Maine Concord, N.H. Charlestown, R.I. Essex Junction, Vt.
  Calais, Maine
103 Headquarters Road
Baring, ME 04694
Phone: 207-454-1706
Fax: 207-454-1738


Massachusetts Environmental Police
Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Rhode Island Environmental Police
Rhode Island Department of Fish and Wildlife
Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police
Connecticut Department of Fish and Wildlife
Vermont of Fish and Wildlife Department, Division of Law Enforcement
Vermont of Fish and Wildlife Department
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Law Enforcement
New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Maine Warden Service
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Maine Marine Patrol
Maine Department of Marine Resources

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Last updated: March 13, 2015