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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, December 2011
Southwest Region, December 31, 2011
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Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, December 2011


The Wichita Mountains conducted one elk hunt during the month of December. The Refuge had 80 permits issued for the 2011 hunt. Hunters were given the opportunity to hunt durring the 2011 season or the following 2012 season. A total of 49 hunters chose to hunt the 2011 hunt. 45 hunters participated in the hunt with 28 animals being harvested from the Refuge for a 62% success rate. The annual elk hunt is a cooperative effort between the Refuge and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife conservation (ODWC) and is used as a tool for managing elk populations in the Wichita Mountains NWR.

The Christmas Bird Count was conducted on December 28th. Friends of the Wichitas and various volunteers assisted with the count for a total of 16 people participating. There were approximately 100 different species identified and several eagles were observed on the Refuge.

During the month of December the Refuge hosted 139,240 total visitors and had 5,281people visiting the Visitors Center.

Contact Info: Levi Smith, 580-429-2110, quinton_smith@fws.gov
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