Wildlife Law Enforcement in North Carolina

The agency’s Law Enforcement Division enforces the game, fish and boating laws of North Carolina as established by the N.C. General Assembly and the agency. Wildlife officers are state law enforcement officers, with arrest authority for state and federal violations. Each holds a Basic Law Enforcement Training certification.


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The N.C. Turn-in-Poachers (TIP) program is a silent witness, anti-poaching program that encourages the public to report any suspicious activity or knowledge about poaching violations.


Boating Safety Campaigns

The Law Enforcement Division promotes safe and responsible recreational boating by participating in joint state and national campaigns that include a proactive combination of public outreach, education, and increased law enforcement patrols.


Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received funding and authority from the N.C. General Assembly to inspect, investigate and remove abandoned and derelict vessels that are associated with Hurricane Florence and other past storms. Vessels that have been identified as abandoned or derelict will be added to a state database and prioritized for removal.


Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

The Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is a multi-state agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in all Compact member states.


Fallen Wildlife Enforcement Officers

Since 1930, 11 officers have given their lives in service to the agency and to the conservation of North Carolina’s valuable wildlife resources.


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