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      Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge closed

      <p>The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge shutdown its facility Oct.1 due to expired funding.</p>

      The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge shutdown its facility Oct.1 due to expired funding.

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a prepared statement it is "aware of any hardships on those we serve.""However, due to this lapse in appropriations this facility is closed to the public and all public activities are cancelled," the news release said.

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      Only limited functions will continue, such as those necessary to respond to emergencies, perform essential functions and to protect human life or personal property.

      While the lapse in appropriations remains in effect, public access to Service properties will be prohibited; fish and wildlife.

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