Law Enforcement

For serious or life-theatening injures, call 911


Found a baby bird or injured wildlife?

The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission maintains a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators that you may contact. They are also who should be contacted for any nuisance wildlife issues, including aggressive alligators.

FWCC 24 Hour Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) or FWC Wildlife Alert  

General contact information:

Contact refuge office – 850/925-6121


To report violations on the refuge, call the refuge office - 850/925-6121. Or to report violations occurring on any National Wildlife Refuge or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service-managed lands, you can call 1-844-NWR-TIPS (697-8477) or email 24 hours a day. 

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.

Refuge Law Enforcement Objectives

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.

Learn more about NWR Law Enforcement