The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System Law Enforcement program is:"Through education and enforcement we protect our employees, volunteers, and visitors; safeguard the public’s investment in facilities and equipment; and protect the integrity of the habitat and the wildlife resources of the National trust resource which is the 150 million acre National Wildlife Refuge System.”Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge is actively patrolled by Federal Wildlife Officers. ALL federal, state, and local laws and regulations are applicable on Refuge System lands and waters. Some of the laws specific to the National Wildlife Refuge System, as well as specific refuges can be found in the Title 50 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Code of Federal Regulations can be accessed here: www.ecfr.gov Please see our rules and regulations page for more info. Please report all suspicious activity or violations of the law to Federal Wildlife Officers by calling 1-800-307-5789.
Or the USFWS “Turn-in poachers” line at 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or email: NWR_TIPS@FWS.GOV.
For wildlife crimes off the refuge, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922).
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Florida is the only state in the continental U.S. where leatherbacks (Dermochelys coriacea), an endangered species, regularly nest.