Government Shutdown

Oct 1, 2013 12:55 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Government shutdown closes MT refuges, fisheries

MOIESE - The federal government shutdown is also hitting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which means that places such as the National Bison Range have shuttered their gates.

National wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas, Ecological Services field offices, fish hatcheries, fish technology center, fish health center, fish and wildlife conservation offices, and Joint Venture offices in several states - including in Montana - are closed, according to a news release.

USFWS further states that "only limited functions would continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect human life or property," and that the public will not be allowed to enter USFWS facilities.

The National Bison Range is one of several Montana sites to be impacted by the shutdown in Washington, DC. The Lee Metcalf Wildlfie Refuge in Stevensville is closed, as is the Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuges.

The following Montana fisheries have also been forced to lock their gates: the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, the Bozeman Fish Health Center, the Creston National Fish Hatchery, the hatchery in Ennis and the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Billings.

The Ecological Services field offices in Helena, Kalispell and Missoula are closed, as is the Intermountain West Joint Venture office in Missoula.

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