Law Enforcement


For Emergencies, Call 9-1-1

To report poaching or violations on the refuge call Louisiana's Operation Game Thief toll-free 24 hour phone line 1-800-442-2511. See Operation Game Thief for more details.

To report injured wildlife found on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge call 337-598-2216 Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:30pm.

To report injured wildlife off refuge or outside business hours call Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Game Division at 337-491-2587.

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.


For more information about law enforcement in the Fish and Wildlife Service as a whole click here.