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Fish and Wildlife enforcement must compliment and support fish and wildlife management.  The Division's troopers plan and schedule their work based on high priorities identified through the Cooperative Enforcement Planning process with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Responding to citizen complaints is always considered a high priority.
Fish and Wildlife Regulatory and Protective Laws
Troopers enforce regulatory and protective laws including license, tag, and permit requirements; orderly and equitable utilization of wildlife (season and bag limits); harvest methods; protected species; threatened and endangered species; and the illegal commercialization of wildlife.


Commercial Fisheries Laws
Troopers enforce laws governing the commercial fishing industry.  Some elements of that enforcement include laws relating to correct licenses and permits, fishing vessel and gear restrictions, inspection of fish processing facilities, monitoring harvest quotas and trip limits, enforcing seasons and fishing areas, shellfish sanitation, marine mammal protection, and conducting deterrent patrols.
Marine Board Laws
Troopers enforce the state boating laws.  The Division is equipped with all types of boats.  Troopers enforce laws relating to boat licenses and registration; safety equipment; operational rules; and charter vessels, guides, and outfitters on waters throughout the state.
Environmental Protection Laws
Troopers are charged with the protection of wildlife and its habitat.  Environmental crime investigation, streambed protection, littering/dumping enforcement, and water pollution investigation are important parts of the effort.  Such investigations and resulting prosecutions are often done with partner agencies such as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality or the Oregon Department of State Lands.
Traffic and Criminal Laws
Fish and Wildlife officers are fully-trained state troopers and may enforce traffic, criminal, and general laws.  Since Division troopers work predominantly in rural areas, they routinely enforce motor vehicle laws such as taking action on hazardous violations; detecting and apprehending intoxicated or reckless drivers; and enforcing safety, equipment, and licensing laws.  Many communities rely on their trooper for all-around law enforcement.  Many Fish and Wildlife cases involve many of the criminal laws, such as firearms and trespass crimes.  Other crimes routinely enforced are crimes against persons in rural areas, theft, burglary, fugitives, and crimes associated with illegal drugs (possession, manufacture, and transport).
Interagency Cooperation
Many investigations require the different agencies (city, county, state, and/or federal) to work together toward a common goal:  enforcement of fish, wildlife, environmental, and other criminal laws and protecting people, property, and natural resources.  Without the valued cooperation from other agencies, many investigations might have ceased without resolve.   
Public Relations
Fish and Wildlife troopers are involved in their local communities.  They attend various meetings, give presentations to sporting enthusiast's groups, display the Trailer of Shame at sporting enthusiast shows, educate students of all ages, assist with hunter education classes and field days, and show support at angling derbies and other outdoor-related events.