How big is it?2,765 acres of fee title land with an additional 15,575 acres in conservation easements.
When was it established?May 31, 1988.
Why is it here?To protect the fish and wildlife associated with the Río Yaqui watershed. The refuge was established under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 in order to “...conserve fish or wildlife which are listed as endangered species or threatened species...or plants.”
What can I do there?Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation, including wildlife watching and photography, environmental education and interpretation programs.
How can I get a job with the refuge?All federal jobs, including those with Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge, are announced and can be applied for at www.USAjobs.gov.
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Because of extreme drought coniditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the decision during the summer of 2010 to collect as many Chiricahua leopard frog tadpoles as possible from the refuge’s Leslie Creek. As a result, for the first time in many years, the endangered leopard frog is once again living in the wilds of the Chiricahua Mountains.