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Law Enforcement

For emergencies, call 9-1-1


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

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The law enforcement officers contribute 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. 

To that end, the following common activities are prohibited on Big Branch Marsh NWR:    

  • Feeding, enticing, or disturbing alligators or any other wildlife
  • Air-thrust boats, motorized pirogues, mud boats, and go-devils 
  • Taking, collecting, or injuring wildlife or plants 
  • Use of trotlines, jug lines, gill nets, hoop nets, slat boxes, and commercial fishing of any kind 
  • Motorized vehicles off public roads, designated trails, and parking areas 
  • Horseback riding and ATVs 
  • A permit is required to hunt on the refuge   

For a more comprehensive list of prohibited activities on Big Branch Marsh NWR, please refer to the Hunting and Fishing Regulations.  Or check out the USFWS Southeast Region Office of Law Enforcement page.

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Last Updated: Apr 12, 2017
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