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Ridgefield wildlife refuge taking precautions, duck hunting canceled Thursday

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While the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge plays out, Fox 12 has learned other wildlife refuges are taking security precautions.

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Ridgefield is open, but duck hunting was canceled for Thursday. The refuge is 5,300 acres along the Columbia River and it is a favorite for duck hunters.

Waterfowl hunting season is drawing to a close, and on Thursday, the gate to area where hunting is allowed at the refuge was locked. Fox 12 did speak with one person at the refuge who said he planned to go hunting anyway.

The rest of the refuge is open, and several people drove out to bird watch and take photographs.

"I can see why the federal government might want to keep certain people out, maybe they're afraid the folks from Malheur will come out here, but they should have someone checking," said Charles Arcudi, who was taking photos the refuge Thursday. "They've just left it open so anyone can technically come down. Nothing preventing that from happening."

There is no word on whether or not future duck hunts at the refuge will be canceled again.

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