Refuge Law Enforcement / Federal Wildlife Officers possess diverse roles and specialized skills which are vital components needed to continuously pursue and fulfill the missions of both the National Wildlife Refuge System and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife Officers possess law enforcement authority to enforce federal and state laws and regulations to safeguard fish, wildlife, plants, and habitat; archaeological, historical, and cultural significance; government property and interest; and the protection of employees, visitors and their property throughout the lands and waters of Refuge system. These tasks are accomplished through partnerships with the public; helping others understand and obey wildlife protection laws through interpretation and education; and coordinate and cooperate with federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement and conservation agencies to conserve wildlife and visitor crime.
Wildlife Officers work closely with the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Office of Law Enforcement and the Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks to enforce Federal laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Refuge Administration Act, Refuge Recreation Act, and the Endangered Species Act, as well as all pertinent state wildlife, criminal, and traffic laws and regulations.
• Camping and overnight parking• Open fires• Cutting firewood• Littering• Baiting or feeding wildlife for any reason• Trail marking (marking any tree or other feature with flagging, reflectors, paint, or other substance)• The removal of any object (including plants and animals)• Abandonment of wild or domestic animals • Horseback riding, bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, and cross country skiing
Please refer to the Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations Brochure and Code of Federal Regulations for more information.
Montana Hotline POACHING ONLY: Call the toll-free TIP-MONT Hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).
To better enjoy your Refuge visit, please follow the Refuge rules and regulation that benefit all users’ individual experiences. Please take note of the more common regulatory signs that you will encounter when on the Refuge:
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Characteristic species of riparian, gallery forest habitat; requires snags for nesting and eats free-flying insects and fruit.