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Pronghorn are a light brown color on their back, which contrasts with their white underbelly. On the wide-open plains, this white belly serves to camouflage the animals.

Alcova, WY   
E-mail: arapaho@fws.gov
Phone Number: 970-723-8202
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Pronghorns are the fastest mammals in North America.
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Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge

Pathfinder National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is in an isolated area 50 miles southwest of Casper and 20 miles from the small community of Alcova, Wyoming. The Refuge consists of four small units totaling 16,807 acres. These units are Sweetwater Arm, Goose Bay, DeWeese Creek, and Sage Creek. The Refuge is an important waterfowl migration stopover on the western edge of the Central Flyway. Opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and photography are available on the Refuge. Pathfinder NWR is administered out of Arapaho NWR. For information, contact the Refuge staff at Arapaho NWR in Walden, CO.

Getting There . . .
To reach the Sweetwater Arm of Pathfinder NWR, travel southwest from Alcova, Wyoming, 20 miles along state Highway 220.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The Refuge wetlands provide feeding and resting areas for waterfowl during their annual migrations.

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The Refuge was established in 1928 by Executive Order as a refuge and breeding ground for native birds. The Refuge overlays portions of the Bureau of Reclamation's Pathfinder Reservoir.

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Management Activities
The Refuge is managed jointly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the Bureau of Land Management, and Natrona County Parks. Grazing and water level manipulation are the primary tools used by resource managers. A Refuge overlook and interpretive site were recently developed in cooperation with Wyoming Audubon. The Refuge has been adopted by Wyoming Audubon, and they have made a commitment to assist the Refuge with management activities.