Law Enforcement

Refuge Law Enforcement Objectives

Law enforcement is an integral part of managing the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Refuge law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, the public, and employees. These are our objectives.

•To protect refuge visitors and employees from disturbance or harm by others.
•To assist visitors in understanding refuge laws, regulations, and the reasons for them.
•To enhance the management and protection of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.
•To ensure the legally prescribed, equitable use of fish and wildlife resources on refuges.
•To obtain compliance with laws and regulations necessary for the proper administration, management, and protection of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Learn about law enforcement on National Wildlife Refuges across the country.

To Report a Violation:

Please notify a federal wildlife officer to report wildlife violations on the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex:

  • Sacramento NWR office: (530) 934-2801 Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • State of California Hotline for Poaching and Pollution (includes wildlife violations after hours or to report violations on state/private property) 1-888-DFG-CALTIP (1-888-334-2258)
  • You may also report violations to 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477) or FWS_TIPS@FWS.GOV

*Be prepared to provide incident details including date, time, and location