Office of Law Enforcement - Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is the fastest-growing urban area in the subdistrict. Nevada has Service trust species in addition to those listed as Threatened and Endangered species. The state is home to a large population of eagles that are threatened by activities such as the illegal use of poisons, illegal collecting (such as for Indian handicrafts), electrocution, and wind power generation. Wind power generation is expected to grow and requires close coordination with our offices.
Nevada has large seasonal migrations of neo-tropical migratory birds, and pockets of heavy hunting pressure on migratory game birds. There are eight National Wildlife Refuges in Nevada, including Sheldon Hart Mountain NWR Complex and the Desert NWR.
Las Vegas has an active international airport that provides routes of travel for illegal commerce in wildlife and wildlife parts and products, as well as entry points for invasive species. Special Agents spend considerable time working investigations involving listed species. Agents also focus on working Lacey Act (interstate commerce) violations, in close coordination with our valued state counterparts.
Agents also regularly investigate violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Eagle Act, Airborne Hunting Act, and related agricultural and industrial pesticide and contaminant cases.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Last updated: March 23, 2011