Law Enforcement

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 The blue goose, designed by J.N. 'Ding' Darling, has become the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The blue goose is displayed on the National Wildlife Refuge boundary sign.


Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation.

Service law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The Office of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources. This work includes: 

• Breaking up international and domestic smuggling rings that target imperiled animals
• Preventing the unlawful commercial exploitation of protected U. S. species
• Protecting wildlife from environmental hazards and safeguarding critical habitat for endangered species
• Enforcing federal migratory game bird hunting regulations and working with states to protect other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities
• Inspecting wildlife shipments to ensure compliance with laws and treaties and detect illegal trade
• Working with international counterparts to combat illegal trafficking in protected species
• Training other federal, state, tribal, and foreign law enforcement officers
• Using forensic science to analyze evidence and solve wildlife crimes
• Distributing information and outreach materials to increase public understanding of wildlife conservation and promote compliance with wildlife protection laws

If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules & Regulations on the Refuge, please feel free to call our Refuge Law Enforcement at 701/548-8110.