Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers participate in a law enforcement scenario for Greenwing Day at the Des Lacs NWR.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service law enforcement officers teach people of all ages about the rules and regulations on National Wildlife Refuge lands.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state, and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities. Some other duties include patrolling closed areas or Wilderness areas, maintaining relationships with neighboring landowners, maintaining refuge boundaries, and participating in public events related to refuge issues.

If you witness or suspect a wildlife violation, please report it to the:

North Dakota RAP Hotline: 1-800-472-2121 or J. Clark Salyer NWR: 1-701-768-2548

Learn more about the Mountain-Prairie Office of Law Enforcement.