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    Native Reptiles

    At least 21 types of snakes call the refuge home, including 6 rattlesnake species. They are an important part of the desert community.

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    Exciting Night Life

    When the sun sets and the desert cools, a host of refuge animals stir, including ringtail cats, pocket mice and 11 species of bats.

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    Cryptic Critters

    Light-colored fur helps mammals reflect heat rather than soak it in. The scales of lizards serve the same purpose.

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    Going Underground

    Many desert animals burrow, including tortoise. They burrow down (sometimes up to many feet) to avoid the summer heat and winter cold.

 

Protecting Fawns

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Due to the success of recovery efforts, pronghorn numbers have increased to historic average numbers.

During Fawning Season

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Protecting Lost City - A Culturally Significant Prehistoric Site

Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to define a travel corridor using carsonite markers through the Lost City prehistoric site in the lower Growler Valley region of the refuge. Please see the attached Environmental Action Statement NEPA checklist which evaluates the impact of these actions on refuge resources.

Lost City Protection EAS
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Lesser long-nosed bats / USFWS, Horned Lizard / Johnida Dockens ©, Pronghorn / Steve Hillebrand ©, Black-tailed Rattlesnake / Gary M Stoltz ©
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017
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