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Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Pacific Region’s Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.

Service law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resources -- illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The Office of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources. This work includes:

    • Breaking up international and domestic smuggling rings that target imperiled animals
    • Preventing the unlawful commercial exploitation of protected U.S. species
     • Protecting wildlife from environmental hazards and safeguarding critical habitat for endangered      species
     • Enforcing federal migratory game bird hunting regulations and working with states to protect      other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities
     • Inspecting wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with laws and treaties and detect illegal      trade
     • Working with international counterparts to combat illegal trafficking in protected species
     • Training other federal, state, tribal, and foreign law enforcement officers
     • Using forensic science to analyze evidence and solve wildlife crimes
     • Distributing information and outreach materials to increase public understanding of wildlife      conservation and promote compliance with wildlife protection laws

The Clark R. Bavin National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, conducts scientific analyses that support federal, state, and international investigations of wildlife crime.

Last Updated: June 12, 2015


  • Regional Office
    Gary L. Young
    Special Agent in Charge
    Phone: 503-231-6125

    James (Jim) Ashburner
    Assistant Special Agent in Charge
    Phone 503-231-6125

    Eric Marek
    Resident Agent in Charge
    Phone:  425-883-8122

    Sheila O’Connor
    Resident Agent in Charge
    Phone:  503-682-6131

    Hawaii and Pacific Islands
    Keith Swindle
    Resident Agent in Charge
    Phone:  808-861-8525

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