George Mushbach was the Refuge Manager of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in the mid-1930s. During his assignment, he was asked to remove domestic cattle from refuge rangelands. Despite intense opposition, he achieved this goal, and demonstrated and affirmed that the core mission of refuges is the protection of native wildlife and their habitats. Mushbach spent the balance of his career as refuge manager at the National Bison Range in Montana. His steadfast dedication to a mission in the face of adversity makes him a conservation hero.