More vandalism in Saguaro National Park; 2 persons of interest sought

Persons of interest

Credit: National Park Service

National Park Service law enforcement rangers are asking for the public's help to identify two persons of interest who are believed to have knowledge of the vandalism.

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 10:24 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Saguaro National Park is seeking the public's help in connection with a second act of vandalism along a hiking trail near Tucson.

At approximately 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, park natural resources along the Douglas Springs Trail in the Rincon Mountain District were damaged or destroyed, including at least one saguaro cactus.

National Park Service law enforcement rangers are requesting the community's help to identify two persons of interest who are believed to have knowledge of the incident.

"National parks belong to all of us," Chief Ranger Paul Austin said. "We take all incidents of damage to park resources very seriously. These incidents are investigated and those individuals found to be involved will be held responsible."

Graffiti was discovered on eight saguaro cactuses, signs and rocks along the trail earlier this month. Park officials said many of the cactuses tagged were 100 to 150 years old.

Anyone with information regarding this or other illegal activity in Saguaro National Park is encouraged to call the park information hotline at 520-733-5150. Callers can remain anonymous.

For more information on Saguaro National Park, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/sagu

 

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