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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2013 10:43 am

Republican lawmakers plan to investigate mounting reports that federal officials are kicking families out of their homes and shuttering private businesses because they sit on federal parkland -- describing the spectacle as an over-the-top response to the partial government shutdown.

"We are receiving a lot of reports" of businesses being shut down, said Mallory Micetich, spokeswoman for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee.

She confirmed the committee is investigating these reports, as part of a widening probe into the National Park Service's response to the partial government suspension.

Micetich cited as one example a privately run inn along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

The innkeeper tried, unsuccessfully, to repel federal efforts to shut down his business, the Pisgah Inn, last week.

Owner Bruce O'Connell told FoxNews.com on Monday that rangers are still outside his business, blocking the entrance to the parking lot. As of late Monday morning, he said there were three cars and five rangers stationed outside.

"Their message is, 'sorry, we're following orders,'" he said, describing it as a "24/7 blockade."

He said he's hired a lawyer, and is hoping to seek a temporary restraining order soon in federal court.

For more, visit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/07/lawmakers-probe-reports-property-owners-kicked-off-federal-land-amid-partial/

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