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Description - Located in Central Montana, CMR is a 1.1 million acre refuge that contains native prairies, forested coulees, river bottoms, badlands and the 250,000 acre Fort Peck Reservoir. Refuge wildlife include mule and white-tailed deer, elk, bighorn sheep, antelope, coyote, bobcat, beaver, sharp-tailed grouse and numerous other species.

The refuge has a long history of wildlife/grazing conflicts since its inception by Executive Order in 1936. Prior to 1976, the refuge was jointly administered by the FWS and Bureau of Land Management. Dual management by agencies with differing mandates functioned poorly and in 1976 the FWS received full management authority with the passage of the "Game Range" bill.

The refuge is managed through the refuge headquarters in Lewistown and three field stations located at Fort Peck, Sand Creek and Jordan. A refuge manager stationed in Lewistown is responsible for four waterfowl refuges, two WPA's located north of Billings and farm bill/wildlife extension programs.

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Contact Information:
Charles M. Russell NWR, P.O. Box 110 , Lewistown, MT, 59457, Phone: 406-538-8706
, r6rw_cmr@mail.fws.gov

Additional Information:
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Charles M. Russell NWR - Official agency website


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