FBI says wildlife refuge once occupied by armed group will remain closed for weeks

Published 02/11 2016 02:33PM

Updated 02/11 2016 02:35PM

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The FBI says the Oregon wildlife preserve that was occupied by an armed group will remain closed for several weeks as authorities inspect the area and gather evidence.

The last four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered Thursday. The occupation began Jan. 2

At a news conference, Greg Bretzing, FBI special agent in charge in Oregon, said authorities would examine buildings at the refuge to ensure nobody else was hiding out.  After that, he says specialized teams would look for "explosive-related hazards." He said that could take several days.

Bretzing says the FBI's evidence team would collect material about any crimes that may have been committed during the occupation. Also, a special team would work with a local tribe to document any damage to artifacts and ancient burial grounds at the property.

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