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National Wildlife Refuge

The Kodiak brown bear can be as much as nine feet tall and weigh close to 1500 pounds.
1390 Buskin River Road
Kodiak, AK   99615
E-mail: kodiak@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-487-2600
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Over 3000 Kodiak brown bear roam the rugged coastline of this Refuge
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1941 - Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 19, 1941 "for the purpose of protecting the natural feeding and breeding range of the brown bears and other wildlife on Uganik and Kodiak Islands, Alaska." About 1.987 million acres were included within the refuge boundary. A one mail coastal strip of refuge remained open to public land laws.

1958 - A public land order withdrew a one-mile coastal strip from public land laws. At the same time two peninsulas were withdrawn from the northern most portion of the refuge reducing total acreage to approximately 1.82 million.

1971 - The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) turned 310,000 acres of refuge land over to native ownership subject or refuge regulations.

1975 - The Mount Glottof Research Natural Area was designated within the refuge to protect alpine feeding habitat for brown bears. Located in the Uganik alpine, this 88,000-acre area provides future research on this unique brown bear summer feeding habitat.

1980 - The Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act (ANILCA) added 50,000 acres of land on Afognak and Ban Islands to the refuge.

1990's- Nearly 275,000 acres of valuable wildlife habitat were reacquired through purchase or donation of lands, conservation easements, or limited development easements. Funding sources included: Exxon Valdez oil spill civil and criminal settlement funds; Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; and other private sources

Today - Current acreage within the refuge boundary totals approximately 1.9 million acres.

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