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 refuge public events. 

To report a violation on the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge: 

Monday through Friday (8am to 4pm-MDT), please call: 575-244-6256. 

After hours or on weekends, please call: 1-844-FWS-TIPS or e-mail:

For injured wildlife, please contact the State of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Southeast Area, Roswell Office at (575) 624-6135 or a qualified wildlife rehabilitation facility near you. 

Some Helpful Links:

Digest of Federal Resource Laws 

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 

New Mexico Department of Public Safety