War Horse National Wildlife Refuge

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War Horse National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
War Horse Lake.jpg
War Horse Lake
Map showing the location of War Horse National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of War Horse National Wildlife Refuge
Location Petroleum County, Montana, USA
Nearest city Winnett, MT
Coordinates 46°53′34″N 108°29′18″W / 46.89278°N 108.48833°W / 46.89278; -108.48833Coordinates: 46°53′34″N 108°29′18″W / 46.89278°N 108.48833°W / 46.89278; -108.48833[1]
Area 3,392 acres (1,373 ha)
Established 1958
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

War Horse National Wildlife Refuge, located in the center of the U.S. state of Montana, is divided into three separate sections, with each centered on a small body of water.[2][3] It is an integral part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Complex, although the refuge is normally unstaffed and has few visitor improvements. One reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout, although the lake is sometimes empty.

When the lakes and reservoir are fully filled, the refuge provides excellent habitat for migratory bird species. The region is surrounded by sagebrush plains and Ponderosa pine groves that flourish in the region solely due to its acid-shale soils. Along with over 100 bird species, regular inhabitants include Sage Grouse, pronghorn and mule deer.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "War Horse National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ Topoquest (USGS Quads). Teigen, MT (Map). http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=47.10970&lon=-108.56208&datum=nad83&zoom=4. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  3. ^ "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (pdf). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. p. 23. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "War Horse National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved March 9, 2014.