The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) will be closed to hunting during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. While usually open to hunters after antelope and elk, the INL site falls directly on the “path of totality.” This is the path that the moon's shadow traces on the Earth during a total solar eclipse. It can reach a width of 200 miles. Officials made the decision for safety and security; only “official business access will be allowed” during that day, the New Haven Register reports.
The INL site allows hunters to take part in elk and pronghorn hunts in specific areas along the northern boundary; a special permit is necessary and specific guidelines must be followed, according to the Idaho State Journal. The U.S. Department of Energy will close the areas usually open to hunters on Aug. 21 from 12:01 a.m. to midnight.
Violators that do not follow the 24-hour band could face federal legal action. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact INL Security at 208-526-2260.