Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

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Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.jpg
Looking down on part of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.
Map showing the location of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Hyde, Tyrrell, Washington counties, North Carolina, United States
Nearest city Creswell, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°45′03″N 76°30′37″W / 35.75097°N 76.510162°W / 35.75097; -76.510162Coordinates: 35°45′03″N 76°30′37″W / 35.75097°N 76.510162°W / 35.75097; -76.510162
Area 110,106 acres (445.58 km2)
Established 1963
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Website Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

The Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in Hyde, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, North Carolina. Its headquarters is located in Columbia.

Pocosin Lakes NWR was established in 1990. Originally, the 12,000-acre (49 km2) southwestern portion of the refuge was established in 1963 as the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge, but was merged in 1990 with Pocosin Lakes. The National Wildlife Refuge is 110,106 acres (446 km2), and approximately 90,000 acres (364 km2) were donated.

This refuge is home to indigenous animals such as the black bear, alligator, two species of fox, bobcat, raccoon, coyote, opossum, beaver, river otter, mink, and red wolf.

On June 1, 2008, lightning struck the refuge and started a wildfire that had, as of 17 September 2008, spread to about 40,704 acres (164.72 km2), and was completely contained.[1] [2] The fire was declared out on January 9, 2009.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wildfire smoke, odor reach Triangle". WRAL.com. Jun 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Wildfire contained, not out". WRAL.com. September 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Evans Road Fire on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Officially Declared "Out"". Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. January 9, 2009. 

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

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