Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have a wide variety of duties and responsibilities. Officers help visitors understand and obey wildlife protection laws. They work closely with state and local government offices to enforce federal, state, and district hunting regulations that protect migratory birds and other game species from illegal take and preserve legitimate hunting opportunities. Some other duties include patrolling closed areas, maintaining relationships with neighboring landowners, maintaining district boundaries and participating in public events related to district issues.

Report emergencies by calling 911. Law enforcement issues should be referred to the deputy refuge manager or refuge manager via email at You may also report observed or suspected violations to a federal wildlife officer by calling 952-858-0711. Wildlife crimes may also be reported to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources TIP hotline (24 hours a day) at 1-800-652-9093 or by dialing #TIP from your cell phone.