Lakewood, Colo. - The Federal Government has closed as a result of the government shutdown and funding expirations and as a result the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will see big impacts.
Due to this event, the national wildlife refuges, waterfowl production areas, Ecological Services field offices, fish hatcheries, fish technology center, fish health center, fish and wildlife conservation offices, and Joint Venture offices in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will be closed to the public.
For programs experiencing a lapse in government funding only the functions necessary to respond to emergencies and to protect human life or property will continue. Throughout the course of the shutdown public access to Service properties will be prohibited and fish and wildlife management activities and public programs will be canceled.
This includes all public recreation and includes hunting activities on national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, scheduled for Tuesday, October 1.
Main impacts to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from the lapse in appropriated funding include:
Services and programs that will remain operational fall into the following exempted categories:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife website will be down for the duration of the shutdown due to a lack of maintenance. Additional information will be available at www.DOI.gov/shutdown.