Enforcement Division provides the first line of response, in the field and on the phone, to citizen requests for department services involving fish and wildlife problems, questions and enforcement.
Wardens enforce fish and wildlife, boat, snowmobile, ATV, and general criminal laws. State Game Wardens also provide an important law enforcement support role during critical incidents and emergencies They also have extensive knowledge of Vermont's remote areas and utilize this knowledge and special training for search and rescue operations.
Wardens can be reached by calling their cell phone or the nearest State Police dispatcher.
A toll-free number is available for citizens who wish to report fish and wildlife violations. This "Operation Game Thief" number is 1-800-752-5378.
Warden Responsibilities include:
- Prevent poaching, illegal trade, or over-utilization of fish and wildlife resources
- Prevent and resolve human-wildlife conflicts, especially those involving dangerous, diseased or nuisance wildlife
- Prevent the introduction of non-native species
- Improve Vermonters' awareness and understanding of natural resource values to encourage compliance with state laws and regulations, and foster support and interest in various fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation and protection programs.
Chief Warden: Col. Jason Batchelder
Deputy Chief: Act. Maj. Justin Stedman
Law Enforcement Assistants: Lucy Herring