About the Refuge

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The National Elk Refuge provides, preserves, restores, and manages winter habitat for the nationally significant Jackson Elk Herd as well as habitat for endangered species, birds, fish, and other big game animals. 

  • Comparing the Area's Federal Lands

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    National Wildlife Refuges are different than national parks and national forests. The National Elk Refuge is often viewed as a parcel of federal land similar to Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. It's important to understand how the National Elk Refuge is different than these neighboring federal properties because it helps to understand why certain activities are or are not allowed.

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  • Refuge Description

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    The National Elk Refuge provides, preserves, restores, and manages winter habitat for the nationally significant Jackson Elk Herd as well as habitat for endangered species, birds, fish, and other big game animals. The Refuge celebrated its centennial in 2012.

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  • Wildlife Species

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    While elk are the primary reason for the refuge’s establishment, and the habitat is managed primarily for elk, other highly visible and important species exist on and use the variety of upland, riparian, and wetland habitats.

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  • Habitats

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    The refuge supports a variety of habitat types.

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  • Refuge History

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    Historically, the Jackson Elk Herd wintered in and migrated through the land where the Town of Jackson now lies. 

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