- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Flagstaff police are asking for tips after almost 30 trees were illegally felled near a city park.

Authorities are looking for information on tree-cutting activity in the area near Buffalo Park as well as any tips on suspicious vehicles. The city has owned the 26-acre parcel for about three years, the Arizona Daily Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1Lissb2).

Suzanne Motsinger walks her dog in the area, and alerted the city when she noticed small oak trees were being cut down. She said there were track marks where the logs were dragged away.

“It’s all wild land in that area and there’s a lot of wildlife habitat there,” Motsinger said. “It’s really sad because I know the city was considering putting a trail through that area because it was so nice.”

Flagstaff Police Spokewoman Sgt. Margaret Bentzen says the city contacted authorities, who noticed two patches of land cleared of oak trees and another space where pine trees were felled. Cut logs were piled in one of the areas.

Anyone with information should contact the Flagstaff Police Department or Silent Witness.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Sun, https://www.azdailysun.com/

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