Mid-Columbia wildlife refuges open again

October 17, 2013 

Refuge Closure Government

October 11, 2013 - A sign recently posted at the entry of the Peninsula Unit of the McNary Wildlife Refuge off Hansen Loop Road in Burbank warns motorists about its closure because of the federal government shutdown. The popular waterfowl and upland bird hunting location won't be available for Saturday's season opener.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

— U.S. Fish and Wildlife employees were taking down signs and barricades Thursday at Mid-Columbia wildlife refuges after the end to the federal government shutdown.

The refuges are open again for hunting and other allowed activities, although it is taking several hours to remove temporary closure signs, said Sue McDonald, visitors services manager.

The Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes the Hanford Reach National Monument near Richland; the McNary National Wildlife Refuge near Burbank; the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge near Othello; the Cold Spring National Wildlife Refuge near Hermiston; the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge near Irrigon; the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge and the McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Pendleton.

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