Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement

In line with Katherine B. Killoran

about Wildlife in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The mission of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife. This involves managing ecosystems, saving endangered species, protecting migratory birds, preserving habitat, and promoting wildlife conservation. The FWS is also responsible for enforcing laws, regulations, and treaties that relate to wildlife resources. In 2003, the service received an annual budget of approximately $1.27 billion with a proposed increase in 2004 of $25 million. To support the service's mission, the Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) investigates wildlife crimes (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia and about crimes and criminals vocabulary), regulates wildlife trade, improves public understanding and compliance with wildlife protection laws, and collaborates with international, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies to conserve and protect wildlife resources. To fulfill this mission, the DLE is involved in investigatory, enforcement, educative, and monitoring functions.

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