FREDERICKTOWN, MO (KFVS) - Conservation officials are looking for vandals who defaced a popular conservation area in Madison County, Missouri.
There are nine spray painted areas on the pink granite shut-ins. The Castor River Shut-Ins are at the Amidon Memorial Conservation Area near Fredericktown.
"Every citizen can look at this and say they just messed up my conservation area," said Missouri Department of Conservation Forestry Regional Supervisor Joe Garvey. "This action demonstrates a complete lack of ethics and a lack of respect for nature, the people who take care of it and the people who enjoy it."
Garvey said MDC employees are looking at the best ways to remove the spray paint. He said employees will take extra precautions in the clean-up process because the chemical agents that remove spray paint should not be released into the watershed at the shut-ins.
Conservation Agent District Supervisor, Russell Duckworth is asking for the public's help with any information they may have involving this case.
"We are certainly looking forward to pursuing formal charges against the individuals who vandalized this area," Duckworth said.
Information can be reported anonymously by calling the MDC's Operation Game Thief 24 hour toll-free number 800-392-1111.
Information can also be shared by calling or texting Madison County Conservation Agent Scott Bumgardaner at (573) 934-0824.
Duckworth added that information leading to an arrest of those responsible could result in a cash reward.
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