Law Enforcement

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Law enforcement is essential to wildlife conservation. The law enforcement officers contribute to Service efforts to provide for safety of visitors to refuges, prevent poaching, preserve wildlife habitat and endangered species, restore fisheries, protect migratory birds, combat invasive species, and promote stewardship.

Non-emergency complaints of violation on refuge lands should be reported to Refuge Law Enforcement, phone (985) 882-2041.

To report general wildlife violations in the State of Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief Hotline: 800-442 2511.

For a comprehensive list of guidelines and regulations at Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, please refer to the state of Louisiana hunting and fishing regulations.

To learn more about the US Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regions’ law enforcement program visit their website here.