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The National Elk Refuge was created in 1912 to protect and preserve habitat for the Jackson Elk Herd. The refuge is a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System and is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The refuge consists of 24,700 acres of inter-mountain valley in the Jackson Hole area of northwestern Wyoming. The refuge is within Teton County and is bounded on the south by the town of Jackson, on the east by the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and on the north by Grand Teton National Park.

While elk are the primary reason the refuge was established, 48 mammal species have been identified on the refuge, including bighorn sheep, bison, pronghorn antelope, wolves, moose, and coyotes. Additionally, nearly 175 bird species have been observed on the National Elk Refuge, including bald and golden eagles, sandhill cranes, trumpeter swans, long-billed curlews, sage grouse, ravens, and red-tailed hawks.

Learn more: www.fws.gov/refuge/national_elk_refuge/

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