Refuge Law Enforcement Objectives
Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System. Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our objectives.
- To protect refuge visitors and employees from disturbance or harm by others.
- To assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.
- To enhance the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.
- To ensure the legally prescribed, equitable use of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.
- To obtain compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the proper administration, management, and protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System
What does this mean? Each refuge is different, so each refuge officer’s job varies somewhat; but it means that refuge officers routinely patrol our refuge lands, trails, parking lots and visitor centers to make sure that all laws and regulations are being followed.
Many refuges are open for hunting and fishing, so compliance checks of hunters, anglers, and other users is routine. Officers also help out occasionally in other management or biological programs on refuges.