Less than two days after county workers placed no parking signs along the Bear Creek Road east of Cameron, they were vandalized.
“They went up Thursday and I confirmed they were there Friday and by Saturday someone had ripped out all of the signs,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Ryan Gosse.
The no parking signs are part of an effort between Madison County and FWP to try and curb poor behavior by hunters in that area of the Madison Valley.
In years past law enforcement officials have had problems at the nearly three mile straight section of Bear Creek Road that begins in Cameron. Problems have included hunters parking their vehicles in the road and shooting from and across the roadway. The signs were meant to help with the problem, Gosse said.
Hunters have a designated parking area they can use on land owned by the state and leased by a local rancher, he said.
The 12 signs were all ripped down and vandalized, Gosse said. Most were recovered and all will be repaired and replaced. The parking closure will remain in effect through the general big game season.
“We’re going to put them right back up and keep enforcing it,” Gosse said. “We’re going to be diligent about it.”
He’s hoping someone with knowledge about the vandalism will provide information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible.
“I think it’s a cowardly act of destroying public property and wasting tax dollars,” he said.
Gosse estimates the cost of the signs, including the labor to install them, to be about $1,000.
Anyone with information about the incident can call Madison County Crime Stoppers, who are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. Callers can remain anonymous. The crime stopper phone number is 1-877-NOCRME1 (1-877-662-7631).