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Description - The National Elk Refuge provides critical winter range for an elk herd of approx. 8,500. Elk are supplementally fed about 75 days most winters when natural forage is not available. Shiras moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, bison and coyotes enjoy habitat on the refuge.

Nearly 175 species of birds have been observed. Large numbers of ravens, black-billed magpies, bald and golden eagles are scavengers. Kestrels, great-horned owls, red-tailed hawks and prairie falcons nest on the refuge. Ospreys frequently hunt on the refuge. Trumpeter swans nest successfully and winter populations include tundra swans. Sage grouse occur year around. Rocky Mountain Canada geese nest on wetlands.

Two major streams - the Gros Ventre River and Flat Creek flow through the refuge and fishing is popular with fly fishermen for the native Snake River cutthroat trout. There are several cultural sites on the refuge and the Miller House is listed on the National Register.

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Contact Information:
National Elk Refuge, P.O. Box C , Jackson, WY, 83001, Phone: 307-733-9212
, r6rw_ner@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Wyoming National Wildlife Refuges - There are four National Wildlife Refuges located throughout Wyoming. They include a lake and a reservoir, a 36 mile stretch of the Green River, and the well known National Elk Refuge.
Yellowstone/Western Wyoming - The Yellowstone and Western Wyoming Region covers Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, south through the Jackson area to Kemmerer. This amazing region includes some of the most beautiful scenery and some of the most unique natural sites in the world.

National Elk Refuge - Official agency website


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