Nature Tourism:National Wildlife Refuges offer excellent opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Visitors from across the United States and many foreign countries visit refuges to enjoy watching wildlife, environmental education programs, wildlife photography, hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. Refuges promote surrounding communities and encourage visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.
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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.