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NWR looking to purchase property

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MER ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - North Louisiana Wildlife Refuge Complex officials want to purchase about 30 acres adjacent to Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge near Mer Rouge that was once leased to the them by International Paper.

Recently the lease expired and the area once accessible by the public for wildlife observation has been closed.

The property was purchased after the lease expired, but refuge officials want to purchase it or work with the landowner to allow the public to access the observation platform for wildlife observation.

North Louisiana Wildlife Refuge Complex project leader Joe Saenz says it's not immediately known when an agreement might be reached nor how much the land would cost.

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