Government shutdown would affect Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge

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POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 2:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 8:16am

In northeast Cameron county is the 95,000 acre Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge. The federally owned refuge is home to the ocelot and dozens of birds including Chakalakas and Green Jays.

"You can see the most birds of any wildlife refuge in the lower 48, in the nation, so we have great bird diversity, and also fishing."said refuge manager Boyd Blihovde.

Blihovde says they are in jeopardy of closing their doors if the government can't work out their budget issues by midnight Tuesday.

"If there is a potential government shutdown then all the facilities at Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Rrefuge would be closed to the public and virtually all our staff would have to go home."said Blihovde

Blihovde says the shutdown would affect 10 employees at the refuge.
Maria Burnett lives nearby the refugee and is hoping there is no government shutdown.

"It would be sad because a lot of tourists come down and see the birds, we come to back where the office is and watch the birds, and kids enjoy it. We try to teach the kids about the trees and the plants that are there, it is nice." Said Burnett

Blihovde says he hopes to the government works something out soon so the community can continue to enjoy the beautiful wildlife they have to offer.
 

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