Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.

Service law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The Office 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. This work includes: 

Breaking up international and domestic smuggling rings that target imperiled animals 

Preventing the unlawful commercial exploitation of protected U. S. species 

Protecting wildlife from environmental hazards and safeguarding critical habitat for endangered species 

Enforcing federal migratory game bird hunting regulations and working with states to protect other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities 

Inspecting wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with laws and treaties and detect illegal trade 

Working with international counterparts to combat illegal trafficking in protected species 

Training other federal, state, tribal, and foreign law enforcement officers 

Using forensic science to analyze evidence and solve wildlife crimes 

Distributing information and outreach materials to increase public understanding of wildlife conservation and promote compliance with wildlife protection laws 


If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules & Regulations on the Refuge, please feel free to call our Refuge Law Enforcement at 701/285-3341 X106.