Law Enforcement











Federal Wildlife Officer Tyler Barriere with a Refuge visitor.

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The mission of the US Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement is to protect wildlife and plant resources. Through the effective enforcement of Federal laws, officers contribute to Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to recover endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, safeguard fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.




Non-emergency complaints or violations on Lake Andes NWR lands, FWS Waterfowl Production Areas and Karl Mundt NWR lands can be reported to Refuge Law Enforcement at 605-487-7603 or 605-481-2347 (after hours).  


State rules and regulations still apply while hunting or fishing on USFWS lands.    Click this link for Waterfowl Production Area Regulations.


If you would like to report a Wildlife Crime, call 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or email FWS_TIPS@FWS.GOV .  The TIPS line is available 24 hours a day. When reporting, provide as much information as possible to include:  

  • When did it happen (date and time are very important!) 
  • What happened 
  • Where it happened, be as specific as possible 
  • Who was involved, describing persons (names if known), vehicles (license numbers are crucial), names of other witnesses. 


 You can also contact the South Dakota Turn in Poachers Hotline at 1-888-OVERBAG (683-7224) .