Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
|Kenai National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Glacier and Glacial Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
|Alaska, United States|
|Location||Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, USA|
|Nearest city||Soldotna, Alaska|
|Area||1.92 million acre (7,770 km²)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is a 1.92 million acre (7,770 km²) wildlife preserve located on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. The refuge was created in 1941 as the Kenai Moose Range, but in 1980 it was changed to its present status by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. There is a wide variety of terrain in the refuge, including muskeg and other wetlands, alpine areas, and taiga forest. The refuge protects several large mammals, including brown bears, black bears, dall sheep, moose, and caribou, as well as thousands of migratory and native birds. There are numerous lakes, as well as the Kenai River, and the refuge is a popular destination for fishing for salmon and trout. The refuge has several campgrounds and boat launches, including two developed campgrounds, one at Hidden Lake and another at Skilak Lake, both accessible from Skilak Lake Loop Road, which intersects the Sterling Highway at both ends. The refuge is administered from offices in Soldotna.
As with most national wildlife refuges, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open to hunting. However, the hunting of grizzly bears in the refuge has recently been banned due to an overkill of over 10 percent of the population. The refuge remains the only national wildlife refuge in Alaska that is closed to grizzly bear hunting.
- "Kenai National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey.
- The Milepost 59th edition, pg 588 ISBN 9781892154217
- "About the Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- "Excessive kill of Kenai Peninsula brown bears could put their population at risk". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- "Kenai refuge immediately closed to brown bear hunting due to sow kills". Alaska Dispatch. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- Official Site
- The short film Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (2005) is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
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