Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement educating a father and son at a Refuge event display booth

Overview
The Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The Complex is managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). 

The mission of the NWRS “..is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.”

Refuge law enforcement is an integral part of protecting the people, property, and natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System. Federal wildlife officers combine the roles of conservation protection, traditional policing, emergency first response, and wildfire response to protect, serve, and educate the visiting public on the conservation efforts and the rules and regulations to protect wildlife and habitats. These roles are accomplished through partnership and trust of the public and cooperative efforts of other federal, state, and local agencies.

Refuge Law Enforcement Mission
“Protecting resources and people on our refuges is the fundamental responsibility of Federal Wildlife 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.”

While education and interpretation are primarily used to inform the visitors of laws and regulations in place to safeguard wildlife and their habitat, federal wildlife officers do enforce Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (Wildlife and Fisheries) along with other federal and state laws on refuge lands related to wildlife, motor vehicle, and criminal laws. 

To ensure a safe and rewarding visitor experience and to safeguard the refuge’s natural resources, report wildlife violations and suspicious activity to an officer any time you see them.
Reports can also be made through the following resources:
• 911 - Report Emergency / Medical / Fire (ask for ADCOM - Adams County Sheriff Dispatch)
• 303-289-0232 for non-emergency events or for general law enforcement questions, ask to be transferred to a refuge law enforcement officer. Inquiries can also be emailed to rockymountainarsenal@fws.gov
• 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or FWS_TIPS@fws.gov, to rockymountainarsenal@fws.gov to report violations on federal refuge lands.
• 303-291-7227 to report wildlife incidents not on federal refuge lands to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Northeast Region). Wildlife reports after hours can be made to Colorado State Patrol dispatch non-emergency: 303-239-4501.

Refuge law enforcement information:
Refuge Law Enforcement general website 
Refuge Law Enforcement brochure
Refuge Law Enforcement Facebook