Office of Law Enforcement | Elkins, WV
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents in West Virginia routinely provide information to the public and conservation organizations regarding Federal fish and wildlife laws and regulations. These Special Agents work closely with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section to protect the diverse wildlife in the Mountain State. Two National Forests, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, and multiple lands managed by the National Park Service including a National River and National Recreation Area are found within West Virginia. Therefore, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents partner with the law enforcement representatives of these other Federal agencies in a joint effort to protect the wildlife found on those Federal lands.
Special Agents commonly receive and investigate complaints regarding violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act such as shooting or poisoning eagles and hawks or destruction of active bird nests. Special Agents frequently investigate violations of the Lacey Act which includes interstate or foreign commerce of illegally taken or possessed wildlife. For example, transportation of a bear illegally killed in West Virginia across State lines, or killing an elk in Colorado without a valid elk tag and transporting it to West Virginia. Special Agents are also active in investigations involving illegal take of threatened and endangered species. Such investigations could include the destruction of habitat causing the take of species such as the threatened Cheat Mountain Salamander or pollution of a stream inhabited by one of the endangered fresh water mussels found in the State waters.
You can also contact the Resident Agent in Charge located in Richmond, Virginia which oversees this office.