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Vandalism at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

Bill McCoy, the manager at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, says, most recently, the vandalism has been caused by graffiti.

McCoy says, on a Saturday night in May, the Oatsville bridge, a kiosk, and multiple signs on the refuge were ruined by graffiti.  McCoy says it is unacceptable.  

"The graffiti is very graphic and obscene," says McCoy.  "It is racist."  

McCoy also says the damage is costly.

"These signs are expensive," says McCoy.  "We have them printed in a special manner and they are difficult to replace.  The one they spray painted will cost us a couple hundred dollars to fix."

Other signs on the refuge have been stolen or destroyed.  

A nonprofit organization, Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, is willing to offer a reward to anyone with helpful information.

"It's just senseless," McCoy says, "meaningless acts by thoughtless people."

McCoy says, right now, he is relying on the public to provide him with information but he says, if necessary, patrols will increase and new security cameras will be added to the area. 

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