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National Wildlife Refuge

20834 East 940 Road
Butler, OK   73625
E-mail: washita@fws.gov
Phone Number: 580-664-2205
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The refuge provides an island of prime habitat for resident species such as white-tailed deer, coyotes, Rio Grande turkeys, quail, and many others. Because of its important habitats, Optima is a migratory stopover and summer home to many species of songbirds and raptors.

Raptors are common year-round. During the spring and summer months, common species include turkey vulture, Mississippi kite, American kestral, red-tailed hawk, Swainson's hawk, and ferruginous hawk. Species common in the fall and winter months are bald and golden eagles, prairie falcon, rough-legged hawk, and Cooper's hawk. Resident game birds include the Rio Grande turkey, ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, and scaled quail.

A variety of mammals are also found on the refuge including white-tailed and mule deer, bobcat, coyote, beaver, porcupine, black-tailed jackrabbit, badger, raccoon, and skunk. Reptiles include the prairie rattlesnake and the Texas horned lizard.

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