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About the Refuge

Rock Outcropping at Pilot Knob NWR

Pilot Knob National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1987. The 90-acre refuge, a donation from the Pilot Knob Ore Company, is located on top of Pilot Knob Mountain in Iron County, Missouri.

The refuge contains abandoned iron mine shafts excavated in the mid-1800s that have since become critical habitat for the federally-endangered Indiana bat. The Indiana bat hibernates within the abandoned mine shafts located at the peak of Pilot Knob Mountain. The bats generally arrive in September and leave in April. To avoid disturbance to the bats and for public safety, the refuge is closed to all entry. The refuge is managed by Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.  For more information on the refuge contact Mingo National Wildlife Refuge at 573-222-3589 or visit the Mingo website.
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2012
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