$4M to clean, upgrade Oregon refuge that was occupied

This photo released by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wednesday, March 23, 2016 shows the damage and mess authorities allege was created by armed protesters during their 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January and February 2016. (Photo: USFWS)

BURNS, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will spend roughly $4 million to clean, repair and upgrade the Oregon wildlife refuge that was the site of a 41-day armed occupation by ranchers earlier this year.

The Oregonian reportsthat Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe says he wants the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns to become a symbol to the rest of the country that collaboration, not confrontation, endures. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made similar statements during her visit to the refuge earlier this week.

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Photos of the refuge shared by federal officials show that the ranchers left a mess inside the building.

The compound is undergoing a giant spring cleaning, with the use of industrial vacuums and cargo trailers filled with cleaning supplies.

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