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The above map is for general location information only and does not imply access. For access information please check on the refuge's web page or contact the refuge directly. Many refuges have specific visitor services and other recreation opportunity maps. All lands and boundaries depicted in the above web map are not survey quality and should not be used for survey or legal purposes. For more information go to https://www.fws.gov/gis/data/CadastralDB/index_cadastral.html.
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Over the past 200-300 years, these modern-day descendants of domestic horses have adapted to the hardships of living near the ocean. Prior to the refuge's establishment in 1943, the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company purchased the ponies and continues ownership to this day. The Firemen are allowed to graze up to 150 ponies on refuge land through a Special Use Permit from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.