Vandals caused an estimated $15,000 damage to concrete-and-wood picnic tables at Lake Como over the weekend. Bitterroot National Forest Public Affairs Officer Tod McKay said the tables, weighing about 500 pounds each, were overturned Saturday night or Sunday morning. The concrete supports were damaged and all the tables will have to be replaced.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact law enforcement. Fines for vandalism and illegal dumping can range up to $5,000.
Bitterroot Forest Supervisor Julie King said, "This latest vandalism is disturbing, but unfortunately it's nothing new. Each year our Forest spends more than $25,000 replacing stolen and damaged signs, broken posts, repairing vandalized buildings, and picking up trash that has been dumped illegally on the National Forest."
If you have information, call 1-800-TIP-MONT or call 821-4251.