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 refuge 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 or wilderness areas, maintaining relationships with neighboring landowners, maintaining refuge boundaries and participating in public events related to refuge issues.

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge regulations help to protect people and wildlife. To report injured wildlife, wildlife crimes or violations contact a federal wildlife law enforcement officer at 515-422-4020 or by calling the visitor center at 515-994-3400. Law enforcement issues should also be referred to the refuge manager.