Law Enforcement

Protecting resources and people on our national wildlife refuges is the fundamental responsibility of Federal Wildlife Officers. The mission of the Refuge Law Enforcement Program is to support the administration of the National Wildlife Refuge System through the management and protection of natural, historic and cultural resources, property, and people on lands and waters of our national wildlife refuges.

While education and interpretation are primarily used to inform the visitors of laws and regulations in place to safeguard wildlife and their habitat, federal wildlife officers do enforce Title 50 Code of Federal Regulations (Wildlife and Fisheries) along with other federal and state laws on refuge lands related to wildlife, motor vehicle, and criminal laws. Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Law Enforcement page for further information.

To ensure a safe and rewarding visitor experience and to safeguard the refuge’s natural resources, report wildlife violations and suspicious activity to an officer.
Reports can also be made through the following resources:
911 - Report Emergency / Medical / Fire (ask for ADCOM - Adams County Sheriff Dispatch).
303-289-0232 for non-emergency events or for general law enforcement questions, ask to be transferred to a refuge law enforcement officer. Inquiries can also be emailed to
1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or, to to report violations on federal refuge lands.
303-291-7227 to report wildlife incidents not on federal refuge lands, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Northeast Region) at this number. Wildlife reports after hours can be made to Colorado State Patrol dispatch non-emergency: 303-239-4501.