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Law Enforcement

Glimpse of a desert mule deer doe / G. Powers, USFWSThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintain a law enforcement presence on National Wildlife Refuge lands.  Federal law enforcement officers ensure the safety of the public and the protection of natural resources making San Andres National Wildlife Refuge a better place for wildlife and wildlife habitat.

Refuge officers address illegal activities including poaching, taking of endangered species, dumping of trash, illegal operation of all-terrain vehicles, trespassing, and more.  They enforce certain regulations that are necessary for safety and the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat.  All who access the refuge are subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. 

To report a violation on San Andres National Wildlife Refuge please call:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5pm (MDT), call 575-382-5047 
  • After hours or on weekends, call 505-827-9376 

 * Please note: There is no hunting on the refuge.*

For injured wildlife, please contact:
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 

The refuge supports the native wildlife within the refuge boundaries and is unable to assist with wildlife not on refuge lands, that are found in surrounding communities.  At the present time, southern New Mexico does not have any licensed wildlife rehabilitator's, but some assistance for specific animal species may be found on this resources page.     

Page Photo Credits — Glimpse of a desert mule deer doe / G. Powers, USFWS
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2014
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