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. 

Law enforcement issues should be referred to Refuge Law Enforcement Officer at 307-870-6723. Game violations can be reported to the local Wyoming Game and Fish Department warden or to the WGFD tip hotline at 877-WGFD-TIP (877-943-3847) or 307-777-4330. The FWS tip hotline is at 1-844-FWS-TIPS (1-844-397-8477). Any other questions or violations can be reported to the Arapaho Headquarters Office 970-723-8202.

Law Enforcement on the Refuge

Certain regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors. Observance of these rules will help make the refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The refuge is subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules & Regulations on the Refuge, please stop by Headquarters in Walden, CO or call our Refuge Law Enforcement at 970-723-8202 / 307-870-6723 or email: