Law Enforcement

Federal Wildlife Officer

Since the first Federal Game Warden Paul Kroegel began patrolling Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in 1903, law enforcement has been an integral facet of conservation management. A century later, these law enforcement officers are known as a Federal Wildlife Officer. Though the name changed, the goal remains the same: conserving the Nation’s fish, wildlife and other natural resources while serving and protecting the public.

Federal Wildlife Officers are entrusted with protecting natural resources, visitors and employees. Law enforcement roles include investigating suspected violations, issuing citations, making arrests and testifying in court.

Please follow all rules and regulations as noted on our website and outlined in the refuge brochure when you visit us. There are also specific  regulations for hunting and fishing in E.F.H. ACE Basin NWR.  Please ensure you read and understand all of the regulations prior to your visit.