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Law Enforcement
Colorado Parks & Wildlife Officers

What is our purpose? 

Colorado Wildlife Officer badgeIf everyone followed the rules, enforcement efforts would be unnecessary, but laws for some people are only effective to the extent they are enforced. Without law enforcement, effective wildlife management would not be possible. Without wildlife management, Colorado’s abundant and diverse wildlife populations would not exist.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is charged by statute to protect, preserve, enhance, and manage wildlife for the use, benefit and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors. 

CPW regulations are created by the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Our officers enforce those regulations, as well as season dates, bag limits, and license requirements. 

We facilitate wildlife management objectives such as: 

  • Determining the numbers and types of wildlife taken

  • Providing opportunities to hunt, fish, or engage in other wildlife-related recreation

How to Contact a District Wildlife Manager 

If you have a wildlife emergency, you can reach a District Wildlife Manager (DWM) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Colorado Wildlife Officers work on a rotating on-call schedule. Most officers are dispatched through Colorado State Patrol, or your local Sheriff’s Department.