Law Enforcement

Black and white photo of hunters with lots of dead ducks on the wall. USFWS

In years past, unlimited harvests could wreak havoc on wildlife populations.

Our law enforcement officers are dedicated to protecting our natural resources and keeping visitors safe. Certain rules and regulations are necessary to insure the well-being of the public and ensure healthy wildlife populations for current and future generations.  Observance of these rules will make the Refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The Refuge is also subject to Federal, State and local laws and regulations. 

Information about hunting and fishing can be found under Visitor Activities and Rules and Regulations

Careers in Law Enforcement

If you are interested in a career in law enforcement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service there are different options available.  You can choose to be a special agent, a wildlife inspector, or a Refuge law enforcement officer.  All positions require a college education and weeks of formal training.
Special agents are trained criminal investigators who enforce Federal wildlife laws throughout the United States.  Job duties will include conducting surveillance, undercover work, making arrests, and preparing cases for court.  Special agents must meet strict medical, physical and psychological requirements. 
Wildlife inspectors are key to defending domestic and international species from the illegal wildlife trade.  They are stationed at major airports, ocean ports, and border crossings to stop illegal shipments, intercept smuggled wildlife products and help to conserve global wildlife conservation.
Refuge law enforcement officers protect wildlife and plant resources on a Refuge or Wetland Management District. They are often considered "dual function" as they are also Refuge managers, biologists, or have other duties to fulfill.  They enforce migratory bird laws, easement violations, and assist when needed to enforce state game and fish regulations and laws.