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    American Bison

    Enjoy views of North America's largest existing mammal, the bison. The refuge's herd includes approximately 650 of these herbivores.

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    New Field Guides

    Dr. Angel Chiri has created and donated free field guides covering a small sample of the bugs and spiders of the Wichita Mountains area.

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    The refuge's rugged landscape is the result of over half a billion years of geologic change and adaptation.

    Rugged ranges


Safety Closures During Controlled Hunts

The refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area select days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts. Rocky Mountain Elk hunts will be conducted December 3-5, 2019; December 17-19; and January 7-9, 2020. Closed areas will change for each hunt.

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Mt. Scott Roadway Closed for Construction

August 27, 2019

Construction stabilizing the Mt. Scott Roadway is underway. Effective September 3, 2019, Wichita Mountains implemented a complete closure of the Mt. Scott area. The Mt. Scott Roadway and all access to the adjacent hillslope areas is closed until construction can be completed.

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Wilderness on Wichita Mountains WR


Did you know Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge includes 8,570 acres of designated wilderness?

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Featured Stories

Volunteer Experiences


There are many opportunities to volunteer on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. An amazing experience you won't soon forget!

Making a difference for wildlife...

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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