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Entrance Fee For National Wildlife Refuge To Begin In 2018

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Beginning next year you will have to pay an entrance fee to get into the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

Marion Mason, Refuge Ranger said, “Mostly they'll see birds some of the easier birds to see are the larger birds the birds of prey like our Whitetail hocks and Harris's Hawk and then the water birds."

On February 1, 2017 the entrance fee was waived until the condition of the roads leading to the refuge had improved. Entrance fees are charged whether visitors are walking, driving, or bicycling on the refuge.

Mason said, "Some of the mammals they could see would be the White tail deer, we have coyotes, bobcats, armadillos, we even have nonnative animals like the Nilgai antelope which are sometimes interesting to see."

And the popular seasonal habitat tours will be expiring in 2018.

"It's a great way to get out and see the refuge and learn more about what we do and see some of the wildlife that are in this expansive area." Added Mason.

February 25 is the last day you can explore the private 14-mile Bayside Drive on a 50-passenger open-air tram. But the you can still visit the natural wonder seven days a week.

The entrance fee is $3 per general visitors' vehicle and $25 for tour companies and guides.

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