FRESNO (CBS SF / AP) — Overflowing trash and human waste and other unsafe visitor conditions have prompted Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in Central California to close to the public.
The parks said in a statement they were shutting Wednesday evening and would likely stay closed for the duration of the government shutdown, which entered its 13th day Thursday.READ MORE: Eye On Earth: Battle Lines Set Over Proposal To Drill For Natural Gas in Suisun Marsh
The statement said the parks were forced to take this action “for health and safety concerns.”
Bathroom facilities had an accumulation of human waste and toilet paper, while overflowing trash bins had resulted in animals eating and spreading garbage around, the statement said.READ MORE: California GOP Ready For Battle As Newsom Recall Looking Likely
Lack of parking has prompted people to park on highways.
In Kings Canyon, visitors were making illegal campfires that were unsafe both to visitors and wildlife, the statement said.MORE NEWS: Police Arrest Santa Rosa Man After Butane Explosion Rips Through Parking Lot
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