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There are 561 national wildlife refuges across the United States, 329 of which are open for hunting and 271 for fishing. Pictured is Pelican Island, which became the first national refuge when it was established in 1903.

End of Government Shutdown Reopens Federal Lands, Experts Calculate Cost to Economy

The federal government’s partial shutdown ended on Thursday, October 17. Barricades were lifted and government employees returned to work. The 16-day shutdown was significantly shorter than the month-long crisis that occurred in 1995-1996, and experts are already working to calculate the cost of this year’s…

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