Office of Law Enforcement | East Orland, ME
There are two Special Agents stationed to this office which is located on the grounds of the Services’ Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery in the town of East Orland, ME. East Orland is approximately twenty seven miles south of Bangor and thirteen miles west of Ellsworth.
Maine, the largest of the New England states, has approximately 1800 miles of coast line and an extensive international border with the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Rural Maine provides a significant amount of habitat for many federal trust species including Endangered Atlantic Salmon, Threatened Canadian Lynx and Piping Plovers (pdf - 226KB), and nesting sites for bald eagles, ospreys, common loons, colonial nesting shorebirds and a variety of waterfowl species.
There are sixteen Border Ports of Entry located throughout the state of Maine. Illegal wildlife, including species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), is routinely detained at these ports by Customs and Border Protection Inspectors. Special Agents respond to these Ports of Entry when incidents of wildlife smuggling are uncovered. Several times a year joint border “blitz” operations are coordinated with U.S. and Canadian wildlife and customs authorities in an effort to interdict the importation of illegally taken Canadian game animals by returning U.S. hunters. The largest number of commercial hunting guides and outfitters in New England are also located in Maine. Some of these guides cater to waterfowl hunters and are patronized by out of state hunters. The agents play an important role in enforcing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by targeting intentional violators.
Partner law enforcement agencies include Service’s Office of Refuge Law Enforcement, the Maine Warden Service, the Maine Marine Patrol, Penobscot Tribal Game Wardens, Passamaquoddy Tribal Game Wardens, NOAA – Office of Law Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Border Patrol, National Park Service Rangers, the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada and Quebec and New Brunswick Provincial Wildlife Authorities. Numerous joint investigations have resulted in felony convictions of long time commercial exploiters of native wildlife.
You can also contact the Resident Agent in Charge located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which oversees this office.