BEND, Ore. (AP) — A popular cave on the Deschutes National Forest in central Oregon has been vandalized and the U.S. Forest Service is looking for suspects.
KTVZ-TV in Bend reports officials are still investigating the full extent of the recent damage at the Hidden Forest Cave but they say it’s one of the worst cases of vandalism they’ve seen.
Officials said graffiti was sprayed on many of the cave’s features, trees and rocks were damaged, and fires destroyed many of the cave’s cultural and ecological resources.
Hidden Forest Cave is off China Hat Road south of Bend. The Forest Service plans an assessment of the site in about two weeks to determine what it will take to restore the area.
Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/