Refuge law enforcement officers have
federal jurisdiction to enforce federal conservation laws throughout the United
States. Officers deal with a wide variety of crimes such as natural
resource violations, traffic violations, crimes against people, crimes against
property, homeland security and more.
refuge law enforcement officers protect fish, wildlife, plants, and other
natural, cultural, and historical resources.
By fostering understanding and instilling in the visiting
public an appreciation of refuge resources, laws, and regulations, our law
enforcement encourages voluntary compliance through education, outreach, and
law enforcement actions while in a welcoming and safe environment. Refuge
law enforcement works collaboratively with law enforcement officers from other
federal land management agencies, forming the SNAP Law Enforcement Team.
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Prior to acquisition, part of what is now the refuge was developed and operated as a resort, with swimming pools, bath houses, snack bars, and recreational vehicle hook-ups. The springs are thermal in nature and have an average annual water temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit at their points of discharge.