- 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.
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.