Government shutdown brings quiet to wildlife refuges
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has canceled several hunts and other events at national wildlife refuges across the country because of the federal government shutdown.
About 200 refuges, facilities and other operations across the South remained closed this week.
In South Carolina, an Oct. 12 wildflower walk planned in the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge has been canceled, as have a few hunting programs.
The canceled programs include an Oct. 12 youth hunt for white-tailed deer at Carolina Sandhills Refuge and the Oct. 10-11 white-tailed deer and feral hog hunting at Ernest F. Hollings ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge.
Additional cancellations are possible, depending on when Congress and President Barack Obama agree on a deal that resumes government funding.
Decisions about rescheduling any of these activities will not be made until employees return to work, said Jeff Fleming, a spokesman for the National Wildlife Agency’s Southeast region.
The region also includes Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.