Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of
wildlife conservation. The 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 resource-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.
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
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
If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules &
Regulations on the Refuge, please feel free to call our Refuge Law Enforcement
at 701/285-3341 X106.
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Sharp-tailed grouse congregate on their leks every year for courtship and breeding rituals.