The Audobon Society is looking for vandals who spray painted the rocks at Hawkwatch at Waggoner’s Gap.
According to multiple posts on the Hawkwatch’s Facebook page, the vandals struck in the early morning hours on Friday. Videos posted to the page were recorded between 1 and 2 a.m. The vandals used black and orange spray paint on the rocks. One message on the rocks included two female names and a telephone number.
"In addition to trespassing, the vandals spray-painted private property without permission, which is a criminal offense. Their graffiti is unsightly and offensive to Audubon staff, volunteer hawk counters and visitors of all ages. To remove the paint and return the site to its natural state, we have to use chemicals and pressure sprayers. It is a tedious and time-consuming task," said Hawkwatch program coordinator Holly Smith in an email to The Sentinel.
Additional videos posted to Facebook show the suspected vandals leaving their car to go to the rocks and later returning to the car. When they left, they turned north into Perry County.
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Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper El Guemra with the State Police at Carlisle at 717-249-2121.
Waggoner’s Gap Hawkwatch is privately owned by Audubon Pennsylvania and is closed from dusk to dawn. Audubon allows visitors, but only if they respect the site and wildlife, and only during the day, Smith said.
The natural area has been used to observe hawks and capture migration data for several decades. Additionally, the ridge is home to many species wild animals including venomous snakes and bears.