We've heard a lot - and will hear much more - about the "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year.

One of the federal budgets that could be affected is the US Fish and Wildlife Service's funding for the nation's 560 wildlife refuges. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, near Stevensville, is one of those.

A new report, released Monday by the National Wildlife Refuge Association, says the system would face a 10 percent cut in a budget that is already "severely underfunded.

Desiree Sorenson-Groves of the association talked to Big Sky Connection news service.

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is a group of 22 wildlife, sports and conservation groups.