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BURNS, OR -- The cost of repairing damage to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is soaring. Federal officials say the septic system is clogged and will need significant repairs. The trench dug by occupiers, and used as a latrine, had to be cleaned out before it was refilled. 

 

Crews also found garbage left in many buildings, fences had to be replaced because they were removed by occupiers and there was damage to the Visitors Center. The bill, so far, is more than $6 million, and is expected to go higher.

 

Work continues at the Visitors Center to get it ready for the opening of the refuge, later this year. 

 

  

Photos released by the USFWS

 

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