Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Arapaho NWR Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.Other refuges in the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge Complex include: Hutton Lake NWR, Mortenson Lake NWR and Bamforth NWR in the Laramie Plains of Wyoming and Pathfinder NWR near Casper, Wyoming. The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 953 Jackson County Road #32, Walden, Colorado 80480.
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Shiras' moose were reintroduced to the North Park area in 1978 and have thrived ever since. Fifteen to twenty individuals may be found on the Refuge in spring, summer and early fall.