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National Wildlife Refuge

Becharof Refuge is a land of spectacular beauty with rolling tundra, glacial lakes, towering mountains, and pristine coastlines
Building 4, Fish and Wildlife Service Road
P.O. Box 298
King Salmon, AK   99613
E-mail: becharof@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-246-4250 or 907-246-3339
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
Ruth Lake, one of many special places on the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The Refuge provides habitat for more than 200 species of resident and migratory wildlife. Marine mammals, sea birds, and waterfowl use the coastal areas. Bald eagles, hawks, falcons nest on the rock pinnacles and spires. The tundra lowlands are host to caribou, moose, brown bear, wolves, tundra swans, and waterfowl. Salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout, dolly varden/char, northern pike, burbot and numerous other fish are common. Five species of Pacific salmon spawn in the streams and lakes of the Refuge. Massive runs of salmon on the refuge fuel the ecosystem by enriching freshwater streams and lakes with nutrients from the ocean and providing food for brown bears, eagles and many other species of wildlife.

Due to the bountiful feast of salmon, berries, ground squirrels and carrion, portions of the Refuge contain some of the highest densities of brown bear in Alaska. The Refuge provides important wintering habitat for the Northern Alaska Peninsula Caribou Herd, one of 13 major herds in Alaska. Moose are a relative newcomer to the area and did not become abundant until the 1950s.

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