Friday, April 4, 2008

Authorities ask for help in finding those responsible for shooting windmills

April 4, 2008

Authorities are asking for help in finding the people responsible for $14,000 worth of damage to two windmills in Pawnee National Grassland.

The vandalism occurred when "irresponsible" shooters hit the two windmills that are used to power water tanks that aid cattle that graze on the land, according to a release. The incident, which occurred earlier this week, can carry a felony charge.

Those with information about the vandalism are encouraged to call (970) 498-2507.

Authorities with the Forest Service also are asking that residents adhere to the rules when shooting on public land.

The rules for this legal activity include the provisions that residents cannot cause property damage or shoot within 150 yards of a building, residence, campsite, recreation site or occupied area and cannot shoot across or on a Forest Development road or body of water. Those not following these rules can receive up to a $5,000 fine and/or up to six years in jail.

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