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    Cokeville Meadows NWR Hunting Regs

    Cokeville Meadows NWR is open to hunting this year. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the regulations before going in the field.

    Cokeville Meadows NWR Hunting Regs & Map

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    Cooperative Effort for Wildlife

    Cokeville Meadows NWR is a relatively new and growing Refuge with limited staff focused on working cooperatively with local ranchers.

    More about Cokeville

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    Cokeville Meadows NWR

    Part of the Seedskadee Complex located along a stretch of the Bear River in western Wyoming, the refuge was established in 1992.

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    For the Birds

    The refuge supports one of the highest densities of nesting waterfowl in Wyoming.

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Wildlife Research

Wet Areas & Private Lands Vital for Sage Grouse Summer Habitat

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According to a Sage Grouse Initiative brief: In the arid West, life follows water. Habitats near water – streamsides, wet meadows and wetlands — support the greatest variety of animal and plant life, and attract wildlife during their daily and seasonal movements. In a water-scarce landscape, these lush habitats are also where people have naturally settled. A recent groundbreaking study reveals a strong link between wet sites, which are essential summer habitat for sage grouse to raise their broods, and the distribution of sage grouse breeding areas or leks. The authors found 85% of leks were clustered within 6 miles of these wet summer habitats. Moreover, although wet habitats cover less than 2% of the western landscape, more than 80% are located on private lands. This study makes it clear that successful sage grouse conservation will greatly depend on cooperative ventures with private landowners, ranchers and farmers to help sustain vital summer habitats.

SGI: Science to Solutions full article

About the Complex

Seedskadee & Cokeville Meadows NWR Complex

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Seedskadee & Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of two National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Wyoming.

Cokeville Meadows is managed as part of the Seedskadee & Cokeville Meadows NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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Refuge Happenings

  • Online Gallery of WY Jr Duck Stamp Winners Live

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    The gallery of the top 100 art entries for 2015 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp is now available online. An album for each age group is available from our Refuge Facebook page. Be sure to check out our Facebook page while you're there!

    Gallery of WY 2015 Jr Duck Stamp Top 109 Artworks
  • Prescribed Grazing on National Wildlife Refuges

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    The term “prescribed grazing” has been used to describe the use of grazing as a habitat management tool on National Wildlife Refuges. It refers to using livestock (cattle, sheep, etc.) for a habitat management purpose under a “prescription” that specifies the number and type of livestock, what length of time and what time of year, and the size of the area to be grazed. Grazing on a National Wildlife Refuge can only be used to maintain, restore, and/or enhance wildlife habitats. Since we do not own livestock, we work with neighboring livestock owners to conduct the grazing management. To learn more, visit the Wildlife and Habitat section using the link below or the heading at the top of this page.

    Prescribed grazing as a habitat management tool at Seedskadee
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Wilson's Phalarope, Cokeville Meadows NWR.  Photo Credit K. Penner
Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016
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