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 the deputy refuge manager or refuge manager at 218-768-2402, ext. 100.

Report Violations

  • Call or email the National Wildlife Refuge TIPs Line at 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or
  • Call the State of Minnesota’s TIP hotline at 1-800-652-9093
  • Call or text the Federal Wildlife Officer at 612-283-8963

Please provide the following information:

  • What and where the issue happened
  • Who was involved
  • Include descriptions and names of persons involved, vehicle information, names of other witnesses
  • When the issue happened