U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state, and refuge hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities. Some other duties include patrolling closed areas or Wilderness areas, maintaining relationships with neighboring landowners, maintaining refuge boundaries, and participating in public events related to refuge issues. Michigan's waterfowl production areas are managed in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. If you witness or suspect a wildlife or refuge violation: Contact the Michigan Department of Natural Resources “Report All Poaching” hotline by calling 1-800-292-7800.
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The mallard, a dabbling duck, uses shallow wetlands and grasslands to feed. The birds strain food particles from the water with their bill, upend to reach deeper foods, or graze on land.