What We Do

The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge.

Management and Conservation

The refuge is closed to all public entry to minimize disturbance to the Indiana bats and for public safety. There is no active habitat management program. The refuge partners with the Missouri Department of Conservation to conduct annual bat detection surveys.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement issues should be referred to the deputy refuge manager or refuge manager at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, 573-222-3589.