Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. It contributes to the National Wildlife Refuge System's efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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, and promote international wildlife conservation.

Law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resources including illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants.

The Division of Refuge Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps the public understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources.

Report Wildlife Crimes

Information on wildlife crimes or crimes on National Wildlife Refuges can be reported anonymously by calling or emailing the NWR TIPs Line. Both are available 24 hours a day. Ethical hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers provide the best information to catch criminals. Your tips and eyewitness accounts are invaluable in protecting wildlife and punishing poachers.