Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge - Theresa Goodrich

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge was established in 1901 by Oklahoma’s General Land Office. It went through a few government offices before landing as the purview of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s the oldest managed wildlife system in their portfolio, and its 59,020 acres, approximately 94 square miles of protected land, cover two mountain ranges that enclose a prairie. This makes the land a perfect place to reintroduce the American bison as well as wild turkey, Rocky Mountain elk, and some Texas longhorn cattle, too. There are rivers and lakes and sandstone and ancient lava flows. The mountains, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s website, are the result of over half a BILLION years of geologic history.

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