BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) — For the first time since the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ended February 11, the media was allowed into the area to see the remnants of the occupiers.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service provided a tour for media and released photos of the way the occupiers left the refuge.
The final cost of the cleanup is not fully known, even by officials with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. However, officials said the cost to taxpayers so far has been about $6.5 million.
Part of the cleanup will be the remediation of delicate, ancient archaeological items. Some were very damaged, officials said.
Safes were broken into at the refuge. Money, cameras and computers are missing and officials said that is just the beginning of the inventory.
Members of the media on tour were advised to watch their step in certain spots along. After some pipes burst, officials said, militia members defecated “everywhere.”