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Shutdown rebels: ‘Catch us if you can’

Mirta Maltes, a U.S. Park Ranger law enforcement officer, speaks with Christoph Zuercher, a tourist from Switzerland, at a road closed sign leading to Everglades National Park on Oct. 7 in Miami. (Photo: Getty Images)Some merry pranksters have had it with the government shutdown. They're defiantly leaping over barricades, pushing aside orange cones and living to tweet the tales of their rebellion.
According to the Department of the Interior, about 400 national parks are closed and a small number of National Park Service employees are on duty to protect the parks. But on Day 10 of the government shutdown, some Americans just can't take it anymore!
One woman dodged cones to get into the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. And she tweeted a not-so-subtle message: "Catch us if you can."
As the Christian Science Monitor reports, visitors have pushed away barricades to enter places like Zion and Badlands national parks. And there's one man who went to the Lincoln and World War II memorials with a lawn mower because he wanted to make the National Mall look presentable. According to CBS, park police let him work for a while, but he had to stop.
Police have handed out tickets to runners, campers, bikers and hikers who have ignored other park barricades.
The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, a group that protects the rights of hunters and wildlife preservation efforts, has taken issue with these tickets. The group sent a letter to President Obama this week, saying that "directives to 'close' accessible public lands and waters during the federal government 'shutdown' are unnecessary, contrary to law, and impose a needless hardship on the hunting and fishing community."

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