OSP’s Fish & Wildlife Division ensure compliance with the laws and regulations that protect and enhance the long-term health and equitable use of Oregon’s fish and wildlife resources and the habitats upon which they depend.
The Division’s 120 sworn officers are assigned statewide with specific duties and responsibilities to ensure compliance with natural resource laws. Two professional staff members support the Division.
Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife funds approximately 50% of the positions, in addition to some of the seasonal employment programs. Other funding sources include Oregon Lottery, Department of Environmental Quality, general fund, Oregon State Marine Board, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oregon State Parks, and service contracts.
Many investigations require 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.
We are involved in our local communities. We 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.