Saplings Vandalized at Golden Gate Park

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Vandals are going after saplings in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Park officials tell the San Francisco Chronicle more than 200 trees have been vandalized since September, with the most recent episode in May. Each tree costs $250, putting the damage at more than $50,000.

Golden Gate Park Manager Eric Andersen says the trees’ tops are snapped off, making them vulnerable to disease and rot. Most of the trees that have been targeted are between 3 and 5 years old and were part of reforestation plots.

Park rangers and police have no leads on the attacks. They are asking the public to be vigilant and report any information they have.

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