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FENCE REMOVAL TO AID WILDLIFE
Southwest Region, November 6, 2004
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As part of an ongoing partnership, Buenos Aires NWR teamed with the Arizona Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University to take down barbed wire fence to benefit wildlife movements. On March 6, 2004, thirty-five hunters, wildlife students, and private citizens traveled several hours from Phoenix to donate their time. They removed two miles of 5-strand barbed wire fence and most of the fence posts. The work site is rugged country, dissected by hills and very brushy. The hard work of these refuge supporters was rewarded with a campfire steak dinner, provided by the Arizona Wildlife Federation.

Buenos Aires was a cattle ranch for 120 years before it became part of the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1985. Most of the maze of fences has been removed, but several miles remain. Barbed wire is an impediment to movement of deer and pronghorns, sometimes leading to death through entanglement. The volunteer efforts of these workers open up the landscape to benefit wildlife and also restores the pre-settlement panorama of sweeping vistas of rippling grass.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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