Great Smoky Mountains National Park is seeking information to help identify the party responsible for vandalizing the Foothills Parkway West Entrance Sign near the Highway 321 intersection in Walland, Tennessee between Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19.
On Sept. 19 at 7:45 a.m., visitors reported seeing a black bear skin with head and a cardboard sign attached to the entrance sign that read “from here to the lake black lives don’t matter”. The investigation is ongoing and no further details will be released at this time.
“We encourage anyone with information to reach out to us as we continue to investigate possible motives for this incident.” said Park Chief Ranger Lisa Hendy. “We take vandalism incidents seriously in the park, and this particular incident is particularly egregious. It is for this reason we are offering a reward for information.”
Investigators are looking for additional information from anyone who may have observed activity leading to the vandalism. Though respondents may remain anonymous, investigators are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible. Respondents are asked to contact investigators through any of the following means:
- CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009
- ONLINE at www.nps.gov/isb and click “Submit a Tip”
- EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
- MESSAGE on Facebook @InvestigativeServicesNPS or Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS
- National Park Service release