Law Enforcement


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. They also strive to assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.

Office of USFWS Law Enforcement  

Federal wildlife officers perform many different duties as a part of their daily activities. They assist with search and rescue, wildfires, refuge hunts, and general security for the refuge and special events.

To report a refuge law enforcement violation please call FWC dispatch at 305-470-6863 extension 7 and request an US FWS officer respond. Please provide as much information as possible, i.e. license plate number, color and/or make model of the vehicle, description of individuals, etc. 

In case of an emergency dial 911.

Alternatively, the National Wildlife Refuge System TIPs hotline is an effective means of reporting violations occurring on any National Wildlife Refuge.

•The TIPs line consists of a dedicated phone line and email address for reporting refuge violations. 

•The hotline and e-mail are monitored Monday-Friday from 8 AM until 4:30 PM eastern time, but can be used 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

•By phone: 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477)

•By email:


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

To report fish, wildlife, boating, or environmental law violations in Florida not on the National Wildlife Refuge call 888-404-FWCC (3922). Cell phone users can reach FWC at *FWC or #FWC, depending on your service provider.


For injured wildlife, please contact a qualified wildlife rehabilitation facility near you.