By Debra J. Groom
The Great Bear Recreation Area has been vandalized twice in the last month, officials say.
John Florek, who runs the Fulton water works, said the weekend of May 3-4, the kiosk where people sign in and pick up brochures was kicked in and damaged. The weekend of May 17-18, the light near the kiosk was damaged by a rock.
“We know the people who are doing this are not coming in the front gate, but coming in from the perimeter,” Florek said. “We are talking about putting up a camera there so we can catch these discourteous people.”
Great Bear consists of 275 acres of trails and beautiful scenes that people like to view. Florek said on most weekends at least 50 cars are parked there as people take to the trails.
The property also houses six drinking water wells for the city of Fulton. The city owns the property even though it lies in the towns of Volney and Schroeppel.
Florek said this was the first time in about two years that the area has been vandalized. He said it “would be in the city’s best interest” to prosecute the individuals once they are caught.
Richard Drosse, of Friends of Great Bear, said some of the areas vandalized were Eagle Scout and Cub Scout projects.