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Refuge gates stay open, but options limited with shutdown

The recent government shutdown has already had a staggering effect on government-funded entities like the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

In a social media post Wednesday, Lisa Jansen-Rees of Friends of the Wichitas listed the adjustments the Refuge has had to make.

The visitor’s center is closed and there are no staff members to answer phones. Likewise, the Nature Store is closed, because although operated by non-federal employees, the building they are located in is closed.

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