Law Enforcement



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.
Report Wildlife Crimes  

Crimes on National Wildlife Refuges can be reported anonymously by calling or emailing the NWR TIPs Line. Both are available 24 hours a day. Ethical hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers provide the best information to catch criminals. Your tips and eyewitness accounts are invaluable in protecting wildlife and punishing poachers. Do not attempt to stop a crime yourself. Be safe and be a good witness. You can call anonymously — or work with officers as a confidential informant — but the sooner you contact us, the faster we can respond, gather evidence and catch the criminals. When reporting try to provide as much information as possible, such as: What happened, Where it happened, being as specific as possible, Who was involved, describing persons (names if known), vehicles (license numbers are crucial), names of other witnesses, When did it happen (date and time are very important!) 

IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, call 911 or your local sheriff's office or police department. 

1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477)