Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

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Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
LocationInterior Alaska, United States
Nearest cityFort Yukon, Alaska
Coordinates66°20′00″N 146°00′02″W / 66.33333°N 146.00056°W / 66.33333; -146.00056Coordinates: 66°20′00″N 146°00′02″W / 66.33333°N 146.00056°W / 66.33333; -146.00056
Area8,634,512 acres (34,942.63 km2)
EstablishedDecember 2, 1980 (1980-December-02)
Governing bodyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WebsiteYukon Flats NWR
Fall on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge
The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge encompasses most of the Yukon Flats.
Aspen forest in Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wetland area in the U.S. state of Alaska. It encompasses most of the Yukon Flats, a vast wetland area centered on the confluence of the Yukon River, Porcupine River, and Chandalar River. The area is a major waterfowl breeding ground, and after a proposal to flood the Yukon Flats via a dam on the Yukon River was turned down, the Yukon Flats were deemed worthy of protection. The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act established the refuge in 1980. It is the third-largest National Wildlife Refuge in the United States, although it is less than one-half the size of either of the two largest, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.[1] The refuge is administered from offices in Fairbanks.

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This refuge is home to bird and mammalian species such as the Arctic fox, moose, bald eagle, black bear, wolf packs, porcupine, four species of falcon, river otter, golden eagle, red fox, Dall sheep, muskrat, coyote, six species of owl, Canadian lynx, beaver, caribou, mink, wolverine, and brown bear.

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