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 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.  

To report a violation on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge please call the Comanche County dispatch, 580-355-9303, at all hours. In case of emergency please call 911. 

Alternatively, the National Wildlife Refuge System TIPs hotline is an effective means of reporting violations occurring on your local National Wildlife Refuge. 

  • The TIPs line consists of a dedicated phone line and email address for reporting refuge violations.  
  • The hotline and e-mail are monitored Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but can be used 24/7. 
  • By phone: 1-844-FWS TIPS (397-8477) 
  • By email: 
  • To report Violations in Oklahoma not on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, please contact your local Game Warden or see the Operation Game Thief page of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

For injured wildlife, please contact a qualified wildlife rehabilitation facility near you.