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Division of Law Enforcement

The Division of Law Enforcement supports the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's management programs by maintaining compliance with laws and regulations.

The division provides the first line of response to citizen requests for department services involving fish and wildlife problems, questions and enforcement. The division maintains a toll-free number for citizens who want to report possible violations of fish and wildlife laws.

The Operation Game Thief number is
1-800-75 ALERT. Or, use our online form to report a possible vilations.

If you have a question about a law enforcement program, click here.


Major Responsibilities
  • Protect Vermont's natural resources, including fish and wildlife, as well as public lands and waters
  • State Game Wardens provide an important law enforcement role during critical incidents and emergencies. Wardens participate in the state's emergency management programs and the anti-terrorism plan. Incidental to enforcing fish and wildlife laws, wardens also play an active role in boat, snowmobile, illegal drug interdiction and All Terrain Vehicle enforcement. Wardens provide the primary ATV enforcement effort throughout the state. They have extensive knowledge of Vermont's terrain and utilize this knowledge and special training for search and rescue operations.
  • Prevent poaching, illegal trade, or over-utilization of fish, wildlife and plant resources or the destruction of critical habitats
  • Prevent and resolve human-wildlife conflicts, especially conflicts involving dangerous, diseased or nuisance wildlife
  • Protect native fish, wildlife, and plant species by preventing the introduction of non-native species
  • Implement public outreach programs designed to improve Vermonters' awareness and understanding of natural resource values. These efforts are a means to achieve voluntary compliance of state laws and regulations and encourage support and interest in various fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation and protection programs.
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