Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Hunting and Fishing Update

    Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure for information and regulations associated with these activities.

    Hunting and Fishing Brochure

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    Historic proposal for hunting & fishing

    In spring 2020 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt announced a historic proposal for new and expanded hunting and fishing opportunities

    Learn more >

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    Wyoming Range Mule Deer Update

    An update from our friends with the University of Wyoming's Coop Unit working on mule deer in the Wyoming Range.

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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 Meadows NWR

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    For the Birds

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

    More about Cokeville Meadows NWR

Refuge Happenings
Management on the Refuge

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

About the Complex

Central Sage Steppe Conservation Complex

Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Central Sage Steppe Conservation Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS