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Photo by S. Hodge  As 2020 comes to a close, we need to take a moment to reflect on this past year. With the global pandemic, record-breaking weather events due to climate change, unprecedented wildfires and social unrest from injustices faced by people of color, this past year has led many to despair. While members…

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Photographer: Bill Shreve

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will temporarily close portions of the public use area on select days in November, December, and January to conduct controlled hunts. These hunts, which are conducted in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, are an important part of the deer and elk management on the Refuge. Biologists utilize hunting…

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U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge will begin a roadwork project to conduct necessary road maintenance by resurfacing and repairing damaged sections of existing asphalt starting November 17, 2020, and continuing through February 2021. This project will result in single lane closures along sections of Highway 49 between the West Gate and the Visitor Center. Visitors will…

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Bison

Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the 2020 Bison Conservation Initiative (BCI), and reaffirmed the Department of the Interior (DOI) commitment to conservation and restoration of wild American bison. The initiative will coordinate conservation strategies and approaches for the wild American bison over the next 10 years. The DOI and its partners have…

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U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

News Release: In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is cancelling its fall interpretive tours. These highly popular tours traditionally provide visitors the opportunity to view Rocky Mountain Elk and colorful fall foliage on…

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U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

FWS News Release: The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) issued a Heat Advisory on July 9, 2020, as a result of seasonally hot weather conditions coupled with a series of increasingly complex search and rescue operations for hikes with heat exhaustion. Effective July 20, 2020, the Refuge is lifting those restrictions. Wichita Mountains is open…

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U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is working on plans to resume full operations at various refuges throughout the System, when it is safe to do so. Those plans will undoubtedly be rolled out incrementally and not at all refuges at one time. Locally, the Fire Crew and a portion of the maintenance crew are…

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Wildflowers in full bloom late spring - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - by Teri Simonton

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our lives. Work has changed, school has changed, social interactions have changed, and the very livelihood of so many of our family, friends and neighbors has been affected. Our world has been upended. The Wichita Mountains NWR has had to adjust and initiate changes, as…

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Hiking Trails - Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Oklahoma – The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the temporary suspension of campground operations and other visitor services at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge on March 20. These suspensions and closures remain in effect. Managers at the Refuge are actively working to develop a phased approach to restore these services; however, the health and safety…

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