Posted: Oct 7, 2013 12:43 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2013 1:15 PM
Source: Associated Press
LACOMBE, La. - The federal government shutdown has forced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to cancel the Wild Things event scheduled Saturday in St. Tammany Parish.
Project leader Ken Litzenberger says 50 exhibitors and 100 volunteers had planned to put on the free event, which drew 5,300 visitors last year.
Pontoon boat and canoe rides, exhibits of live animals, and pellet gun and archery shooting had been arranged for the 110-acre Bayou Lacombe Centre where the service's Southeast Louisiana Refuges are headquartered.
It would have been the 16th Wild Things.
Litzenberger says the nonprofit The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges is calling donors to let them know they can either get back their money or leave it for next year's event.