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Federal agencies telling Wisconsinites they're closing due to shutdown

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Federal agencies in Wisconsin are lining up Tuesday afternoon to tell you that they're closed. 

The Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, where thousands of visitors watch geese every fall, was shut down by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- which also closed a number of other nature refuges.

The U.S. Forest Service says campers are about to be removed from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. 

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore at Bayfield is also shut down. So is the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science Center in Middleton. 

Numerous federal furloughs were announced Tuesday morning, including civilian workers at Fort McCoy and hundreds of Wisconsin National Guard technicians. 

House Democrat Mark Pocan of Madison said 15,000 federal employees in Wisconsin would eventually be furloughed if the shutdown drags on. 

The Fish and Wildlife Service also said the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge is now closed -- along with the Green Bay refuge, Fox River at Montello, Gravel Island at the end of Door County, and the Leopold Wetland Management District in 17 counties in southeast Wisconsin. 

All public access has been cut off at those sites, along with recreational activities and public programs.

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