Law Enforcement

Refuge 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.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) law enforcement officers perform a wide variety of law enforcement duties and responsibilities. Law enforcement officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws and work closely with state and local government agencies to enforce federal, state, and refuge hunting and fishing regulations. Their work ensures resource and public protection on National Wildlife Refuges. 

To find out more more about the roles and responsibilities of USFWS law enforcement officers and/or how to become one, visit the USFWS Refuge Law Enforcement page here.

Please report any criminal activity seen on the Refuge to a local Federal Wildlife Officer at 573-999-1694.