Great Smoky Mountains National Park Seeks Vandals
On Saturday morning, visitors at the Foothills Parkway West Entrance in Walland, Tennessee reported seeing a black bear skin with head and a cardboard sign attached to the entrance sign that read “From here to the lake Black lives don’t matter.”
“We encourage anyone with information to reach out to us as we continue to investigate possible motives for this incident.” says Chief Ranger Lisa Hendy. “We take vandalism incidents seriously in the park, and this particular incident is particularly egregious. It is for this reason we are offering a reward for information.”
Officals estimate that the sign must have been added to the entrance near the Highway 321 intersection between September 18 and 19.
The park says that people with information on the incident can call anonymously and are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible.
Those with information can call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or email email@example.com.
Information can also be submitted via the offial website: www.nps.gov/isb
The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.