Protecting Your National Wildlife Refuges

Law Enforcement

Guided by the founding principles of the National Wildlife Refuge System, and the mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, we shall protect wildlife and habitat and make refuges safe places for staff and visitors, we shall conserve America’s natural resources for now and in the future, and we shall exemplify excellence in public service to all.


Federal Wildlife Officers are professional law enforcement officers entrusted with protecting natural resources and public safety. Law enforcement is central to the effective management of fish and wildlife resources on national wildlife refuges. Federal Wildlife Officers investigate crimes occurring on National Wildlife Refuges and crimes involving federally protected species. 

To contact the Division of Refuge Law Enforcement at Blackwater, please call 410-221-8814.

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MIGRATORY BIRDS

The Division of Refuge Law Enforcement does not issue migratory bird permits. Please visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program if you are seeking a permit.

SICK OR INJURED WILDLIFE

The Division of Refuge Law Enforcement does not rehabilitate wildlife, nor should Blackwater NWR be considered a drop-off location for sick or injured wildlife. 

For general information, please visit the Maryland DNR Sick and Injured Wildlife web page.

If seeking information for injured migratory birds please visit Tri-State Bird Rescue or call them at 302-737-9543.

OTHER RESOURCES

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, MD

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP)

USDA APHIS Wildlife Services in Maryland