Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge

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Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Map showing the location of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
LocationBoundary County, Idaho, United States
Nearest cityBonners Ferry, Idaho
Coordinates48°42′30″N 116°24′34″W / 48.70826°N 116.40936°W / 48.70826; -116.40936Coordinates: 48°42′30″N 116°24′34″W / 48.70826°N 116.40936°W / 48.70826; -116.40936[1]
Area2,774 acres (11.23 km2)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteKootenai National Wildlife Refuge

The Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in northern Idaho. It is about 20 miles (32 km) from the Canada–United States border and 5 miles (8.0 km) from the town of Bonners Ferry. It is bordered by the Selkirk Mountains to the west, the Kootenai River to the east, and state lands to the south.

The refuge provides diverse habitat types, especially wetlands and hardwood and coniferous forest. It was established to preserve migration habitat for waterfowl, and more than 300 species of vertebrates inhabit the area, including coyote, Grizzly bear, elk, bald eagle, Great horned owl, cinnamon bear, moose, beaver, kestrel, river otter, red-tailed hawk, white-tailed deer, thirteen species of bats, northern harrier, and black bear.

The refuge has a surface area of 2,774 acres (11.23 km2).[2]


  1. ^ "Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ USFWS Lands Report, 30 September 2007

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.