Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge
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Welcome to Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge

Roseate Spoonbills. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

Roseate Spoonbills. Credit: Michael A. Kelly, USFWS

This is oldest national wildlife refuge in the State of Mississippi. This refuge was established in 1936 as one of the links in a chain of refuges that provide for the wintering needs of ducks and geese in the Mississippi Flyway. Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge is also known as one of the premier hunting refuges in the southeastern U.S. For years, hunters have traditionally scheduled their vacations to hunt Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge’s white-tailed deer.

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge is also home-sweet-home to a healthy population of American alligators, a reptile species whose ancestry can be traced back to the age of the dinosaur. In early June, the mama 'hese are in locations easily observed by the public. The mother alligator remains close to the nest until the eggs hatch in late August or early September to guard it from predators. During this period her protective instincts are heightened. None of our visitors has ever been hurt by an aggressive alligator, but if you should come across a nest, please keep your distance.

 

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Last updated: November 18, 2014