Law Enforcement

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For emergencies, dial 9-1-1

National Wildlife Refuges are places where wildlife comes first. Although people are welcome, activities are regulated and monitored to ensure that impacts are minimal to the animals and plants that call the Refuge home.

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. Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees.

Refuge law enforcement objectives:

• To protect refuge visitors and employees from disturbance or harm by others.

• To assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.

• To enhance the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.

• To ensure the legally prescribed, equitable use of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.

• To obtain compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the proper administration, management, and protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Reporting Wildlife Violations

To report a violation on Refuge lands, call the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges at 985-882-2041.

For information on reporting violations to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, visit their webpage.