Law Enforcement

"Fulfillment of the Service's conservation mission requires the effective enforcement of wildlife protection laws both on Service lands and the country at large."    — Dale Hall,  former Director

In a life-threatening emergency, dial 911. Please notify a federal wildlife officer to report wildlife violations on the Sacramento NWRC. 
  • Sacramento NWRC office: (530)934-2801 during business hours 
  • State of California Hotline for Poaching and Pollution (includes wildlife violations after hours or to report violations on state/private property) 1-888-DFG-CALTIP (1-888-334-2258).
  • Federal Nationwide Hotline for Prohibited Activities on National Wildlife Refuges: 1-888-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or email
  • *Be prepared to provide incident details including date, time, and location

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 Objectives
Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our 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.

Learn about law enforcement on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.

Learn about USFWS hunting and fishing regulations across the nation.