Office of Law Enforcement | Essex Junction, VT
Essex Junction, VT, is located seven miles east of Burlington and thirty-five northwest of Montpelier, the state Capitol. The office is co-located the Service’s Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Research Complex. The VT based Special Agent has the primary Office of Law Enforcement response responsibilities for the State of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire. Partner law enforcement agencies include the Service’s Office of Refuge Law Enforcement, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Division of Law Enforcement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Border Patrol, the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada and Quebec Provincial Wildlife Authorities. There are two Service recognized Special Border Ports located in Vermont on the Canadian border.
Several additional significant commercial based wildlife cases have been conducted by the Vermont based agent in recent years. One case involved the proprietors of a VT Inn who catered to bird hunters and sold meals, which consisted of wild woodcock, in violation of the felony provisions of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A second investigation focused on the illegal hunting activities of a VT based commercial waterfowl guide. During the course of this international covert investigation, the guide exhibited a wanton disregard of both U.S. and Canadian wildlife law and routinely engaged in shooting large over limits of waterfowl. This case resulted in the criminal conviction of the guide in the United States and Canada.
You can also contact the Resident Agent in Charge located in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which oversees this office.