Wildlife Crime Tips

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigates reports of federal wildlife crimes that occur on national wildlife refuges, conservation easements and national fish hatcheries, including the take of federally protected wildlife, as well as wildlife crimes wherever they occur in the United States. Please be as specific and as detailed as possible in your tip report.  The detailed information you provide will assist law enforcement in investigating reported violations.

We do not provide status updates after information is provided. All information you provide will be promptly forwarded to the responsible office for appropriate follow-up action.

Please do NOT send the same information more than once, and do NOT file a duplicate report by calling the FWS Tips hotline.

While there is no guarantee that tip information provided will result in monetary payments, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does have the discretion and authority to pay for information and/or evidence  used in support of criminal investigations.

This form is for law enforcement purposes only. It is not a forum for public comment. For general comments and inquiries to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, please go to https://www.fws.gov/contact-us or call 1-800-344-9453.

The person who is submitting this suspected violation.
Did the suspected violation occur on a national wildlife refuge, wildlife management area, or waterfowl protection area?
Additional information on the location of the suspected violation
Choose a violation type from the picklist.
Provide a phone number if you prefer to discuss the concern over the phone.
Describe the suspected violation or concern.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Privacy Act Statement


Fish and Wildlife Act (16 U.S.C. 742a-742j-l); Refuge Recreation Act ( 16 U.S.C. 460k-460k-4); National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd et seq.); Uniform Federal Crime Reporting Act, 28 U.S.C. 534; Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108-458); Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-296); USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001 (Pub. L. 107-56); USA PATRIOT Improvement Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-177); Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-211); Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7--Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection; Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12--Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors; Criminal Intelligence Systems Operating Policies, 28 CFR part 23.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may use the information you provide to initiate and/or support a law enforcement investigation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may use your personal information, if provided, to contact you for additional details about your tip, or to arrange monetary payment, if applicable.

Routine Uses

Information you provide may be shared in accordance with Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974 and the routine uses listed in System of Records Notices INTERIOR/DOI-IMARS and INTERIOR/FWS-20 Case Investigation Files available at https://www.doi.gov/privacy/sorn


Providing your name or other personal information on this web form is voluntary. If you do not provide the requested information, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may not be able to take action on your tip.

Title 18 U.S.C 1001 makes it a crime to

  1. knowingly and willfully;
  2. make any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation;
  3. in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative or judicial branch of the United States.