published Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Deer hunt canceled in wake of Y-12 intrusion


Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE, — A scheduled deer hunt at Oak Ridge has been canceled after an intrusion at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Thursday it was informed by the U.S. Department of Energy that the Oct. 20-21 hunt at the Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area was canceled as security at the government weapons plant is reviewed.

The security contractor at Y-12 was fired Monday after three protesters cut through fences and vandalized a building in an unprecedented break-in on July 28.

TWRA said it would notify affected hunters by mail and will refund fees paid for the hunt.

Oak Ridge hunts in November and December remain scheduled.

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