Shutdown Effect: Patrons Stopping At Olympic National Park Face $125 Fine

(CBS Seattle) — The nation’s government shutdown is reaching all the way to the Olympic Mountains.

According to the Peninsula Daily News, three people have received $125 citations for “Violation of Closure” because they entered the Olympic National Park during its closure. Like all federally-run parks in the U.S., the Olympic National Park remains inaccessible to the public during the shutdown.

The three people cited were driving a group of international students from Peninsula College. They pulled off Highway 101 at Lake Crescent, got out and posed for a picture behind the Storm King Ranger Station when a Park Ranger pulled up and wrote all three drivers tickets, according to the report.

The group says the ranger was very sympathetic and urged the group to appeal the ticket in federal court.

The ranger who wrote the citation isn’t being paid during the shutdown, according to the Daily News.

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