Law Enforcement

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Resource and Visitor Protection:
The mission of our National Wildlife Refuges is to protect and manage habitat and species and other natural and cultural resources. Refuge Law Enforcement plays a vital role in fulfilling this purpose as well as providing a safe environment for people visiting each refuge. These two aspects of Law Enforcement are known as resource protection and visitor protection.

Since the beginning of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1903, Refuge Law Enforcement Officers, now known as Federal Wildlife Officers, have ensured our natural and cultural resources are protected for the benefit of present and future generations of people. Officers work closely with local, state and other federal agencies entrusted to protect natural resources, visitors and employees by enforcing Federal laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act, Refuge Recreation Act and Refuge Administration Act as well as state wildlife laws and regulations

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The presence of our Federal Wildlife Officers provides an added measure of safety for people visiting the refuge. Officers’ roles include investigating suspected violations, issuing citations, making arrests and testifying in court and whether it's keeping anglers and hunters informed of fishing and hunting regulations, helping hikers find their way on trails or, giving visitors tips on where to safely view wildlife, our officer is there to ensure that you have a safe, enjoyable visit.

Please follow all rules and regulations outlined in the Refuge tearsheet when visiting. There are also specific hunting and fishing regulations on the Refuge. Please read and understand all of the regulations prior to your visit.

If a violation is witnessed, please provide as much information as possible:
• What happened
• Where it happened, being as specific as possible
• was involved, describing persons (names if known), vehicles (license numbers), names of other witnesses
• When did it happen (date and time are very important)


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South Carolina Lowcountry Refuges Complex Federal Wildlife Officers

Federal Wildlife Officer Ryan Wagner
Phone: (843) 708-4575

Federal Wildlife Office Kevin M. Kuhn
Phone: (803) 410-3594