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Market hunting of waterfowl

In years past, unlimited harvests could wreak havoc on wildlife populations.  Federal Wildlife Officers play a critical role in protecting wildlife and habitat as well as the visiting public. The Mission of the Office of Law Enforcement is to protect wildlife and plant resources. Through the effective enforcement of Federal laws, we 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. 

Download the Federal Wildlife Officer brochure for more information.


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 resources -- 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. 

Report Refuge Violations to 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or NWR_TIPS@FWS.GOV

Learn the answers to your questions regarding why we need Federal Wildlife Officers, what it takes to be a Federal Wildlife Officer, and what careers are available in the US Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement here.

Last Updated: May 01, 2015
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