Protecting resources and people on our refuges is the fundamental responsibility of refuge officers. The mission of the Refuge Law Enforcement Program is to support the administration of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the management and protection of natural, historic and cultural resources, property, and people on lands and waters of our national wildlife refuges.
Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System. Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our objectives:
Fish and Wildlife Service has established a Turn In Poachers (TIPs) Line to
help the public report violations occurring on national wildlife refuges and
other Service-managed lands. People can call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or
e-mail NWR_TIPs@fws.gov 24 hours a day.
be asked for the type of incident as well as the date, place (refuge name or
county/state) and approximate time of the incident. People may leave their name
and contact information, which will aid law enforcement in the response and
investigation. They also may remain anonymous. Any contact information provided
will be used for official purposes only.
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