Kiosk destroyed only two days after dedication ceremony.
The Michigan DNR needs your help in tracking down the vandals who completely destroyed an informative kiosk on turkeys in the Allegan State Game Area.
Put up by volunteers in collaboration with the National Wild Turkey Federation, the informational kiosk was a part of the Turkey Tracts program which provides public land turkey hunting opportunities to hunters of all ages and skill levels across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. This newest tract and kiosk was located in Allegan County’s popular Allegan State Game area just off 126th Avenue.
The kiosk included information on wild turkey management and maps of the area. Members of the public, DNR, and National Wild Turkey Federation got together to celebrate the opening of the tract and kiosk on April 13.
Two days later, the kiosk had been destroyed by unknown vandals. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first time there had been malicious destruction of property in Allegan State Game Area. Gates have been stolen and destroyed in the past.
“These gates are very costly to repair and replace,” DNR Wildlife Technician Maria Albright said in press release. “Not to mention the cost of damage to wildlife habitat.”
The DNR is looking to the public for tips on this latest case of vandalism. Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the DNR’s Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800. Information can also be submitted online. Informants have the option to remain anonymous.
Albright also stressed how vandalism like the kiosk’s destruction hurts hunters and fisherman in the long run.
“Vandalism on state game areas not only destroys the hard work of volunteers and partner organizations, but can hinder the ability to make improvements on the game area,” Albright said. “Hunter license dollars may end up being spent making repairs from the destruction of public property instead of making improvements for all users to enjoy.”