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Originally Posted: Today 1:54:40 PM By stolenheron:
Well, I am a masters student in Herpetology. Figured I'd kill some time today hiking before I have to teach at my University in the evening.
I got about a mile back into the forest and hiked around for about 1 hour until I heard a car honking. I looked from the ridge down to my truck and there was an SUV parked behind me with a man and a clipboard.
I booked it back to my truck through the woods and began to talk to the man.
He informed me the Mountain Longleaf refuge is closed due to the shutdown as of today. He was polite and wearing his rent-a-cop polo shirt with a badge saying "Security". He let me know that USFWS patrol officers stopped by my truck a few moments before and radioed him to wait for me to return to let me know I need to leave.
Apparently this Civilian Contractor security officer was hired by the USFWS service JUST TO PATROL THE REFUGE DURING THE SHUTDOWN. This is words straight from his mouth. USFWS drove by both of us while we were discussing the shutdown and confirmed the situation.
Can someone tell me how a furloughed federal agency (Aside from law enforcement) could afford to pay a private security firm to patrol the area?
I told the guy straight up, I should not need the federal government's permission to go hiking on public lands.... He agreed.