Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Vehicle

 Protecting resources and people on our refuges is the fundamental responsibility of refuge officers. The mission of the Refuge Law Enforcement Program is to support the administration of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the management and protection of natural, historic and cultural resources, property, and people on lands and waters of our national wildlife refuges.

Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System. Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our objectives:

  • To protect refuge visitors and employees from disturbance or harm by others. 
  • To assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.   
  • To enhance the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources on refuges. 
  • To ensure the legally prescribed, equitable use of fish and wildlife resources on refuges. 
  • To obtain compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the proper administration, management, and protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System 

While on the refuge for all emergencies please call 911.  

To report refuge violations call the administrative office
at 256-848-6833.

For injured birds, please call the Alabama Wildlife Center
at (205) 663-7930.

Or to report a wildlife crime, you can also call the
USFWS “Turn In Poachers” hotline
at 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477).

For wildlife crimes off-refuge,
call the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
at 800-272-4263.