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Law Enforcement

Canoe public use 512-219Law Enforcement is key to maintaining refuge rules and regulations. 

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. It contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System's efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation. 

Law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The NWRS's Division 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. 

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2013
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