Law Enforcement

Refuge Law Enforcement

The primary purpose for America’s National Wildlife Refuges is protecting and managing habitat and species, and other natural resources. Refuge Law Enforcement plays a vital role in fulfilling this mission, as well as providing a safe environment for people utilizing the refuge.

Refuge Officers ensure that wildlife, plants, and other natural resources on our National Wildlife Refuges are protected for the benefit of present and future generations of all people. Refuge Officers receive extensive training in both standard police operations and the highly specialized field of wildlife law enforcement. Refuge Officers work closely with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and 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 laws and regulations.
See the current Complex Hunting and Fishing Regulations for more information.

Visitors to the Refuge can expect to meet Refuge Officers busily doing their job. Their presence helps provide an added measure of safety and security for the public on the refuge. These officers also conduct emergency response operations, and assist visitors by providing information about refuge programs and activities. Feel free to call on any Refuge Officer if you have questions or need help.


Contact Information to Report Injured Wildlife or Wildlife Crimes 

Seth Swafford, Deputy Project Leader 662.571.4692

1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or FWS_TIPS@FWS.GOV