Law Enforcement

Refuge Law Enforcement

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.

For emergencies, CALL 9-1-1
To report refuge violations call (318) 253-4238, (318)-992-5261, or 1-800-442-2511.

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 Catahoula NWR:
  • Feeding, enticing, or harassing wildlife
  • Taking, collecting, or injuring wildlife or plants
  • Motorized vehicles off public roads, designated trails, and parking areas
  • Horseback riding
An annual recreational activity permit is required to fish or hunt on the refuge.  Click here for more information or to purchase an annual recreational activity permit.

For a more comprehensive list of prohibited activities on Catahoula NWR, please refer to the Hunting and Fishing Regulations.