NORTH HERO, Vt. - The state Department of Corrections will dispatch a crew to remove a profanity directed at President Donald that was spray painted on rocks on Lake Champlain.
A viewer contacted Local 22 & Local 44 News about the vandalism on boulders at the old rail line area of the “The Gut,” near the North Hero - Grand Isle drawbridge.
The writing says “F--- Trump” and “F--- Ur Mom.”
“It's disgusting and disgraceful. It makes the entrance by boat look like trash,” he said.
The viewer said he contacted town fire officials in the area to no avail.
The area is state land. It is not maintained or developed by Vermont Fish & Wildlife, although the department can build a boat access area there.
Still, a Fish & Wildlife official says the profanity will be removed.
“While we don't do any active maintenance there, we understand that a lot of our constituents do go there and probably see that sort of stuff, so we don't make it a normal habit of going out and doing this randomly around the state," Mike Wichrowski, lands & facilities administrator for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, said.
People assigned to community service through the Department of Corrections probation and parole program maintain 180 of Fish & Wildlife 190 access areas, Wichrowski said. He'll work with a DOC crew to have the offending grafitti removed, he said.
“It's a great relationship and it's a huge help to our program to have people go out there on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and maintaining these sites, again, picking up trash, maintaining our information kiosks, mowing lawns and then correcting some of these vandalization problems,” said Wichrowski.
Wichrowski says vandalism costs the state a lot of money to clean up, especially at picturesque spots that are not monitored by parks staff and are open 24/7.
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