Law Enforcement

Glimpse of a desert mule deer doe / G. Powers, USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintain a law enforcement presence on National Wildlife Refuge lands.  Federal law enforcement officers ensure the safety of the public and the protection of natural resources making San Andres National Wildlife Refuge a better place for wildlife and wildlife habitat.


Refuge officers address illegal activities including poaching, taking of endangered species, dumping of trash, illegal operation of all-terrain vehicles, trespassing, and more.  They enforce certain regulations that are necessary for safety and the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat.  All who access the refuge are subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. 

To report a violation on San Andres National Wildlife Refuge please call:

  • Monday through Friday, 6:00am to 6:00pm (MDT), call 575-382-5047 
  • After hours or on weekends, call 505-827-9376 for a 24 hour dispatch service which can contact a New Mexico Department of Game and Fish area Game Warden Officer. 

 * Please note:  The wildlife refuge does not manage a hunt program.*  Any authorized hunting and fishing permits are issued through the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, located at 2715 E. Northrise Dr., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011.  Their phone number is:  575-532-2100.  

For injured wildlife, please contact:
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

The refuge supports the native wildlife within the refuge boundaries and is unable to assist with wildlife not on refuge lands, that are found in surrounding communities.  At the present time, southern New Mexico does not have any licensed wildlife or bird rehabilitator's.  For injured raptor or mammal species; you may contact the Alameda Park Zoo in Alamogordo, New Mexico at 575-439-4290.  Or, the El Paso Zoo in El Paso, Texas at 915-212-0966 for a possible Biologist to assist.  Please be aware that you may have to transport the injured raptor or mammal species to the Zoo yourself.