- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Saguaro National Park officials are offering up to $500 for information leading to the conviction of whoever damaged about a dozen cactuses in the park’s west unit recently.

Park officials say nine saguaros and several prickly pear and cholla cactuses were damaged the evening of Jan. 22.

Chief Ranger Ray O’Neil says officials have received an “outpouring of concern” as well as information.

O’Neil says it appears the damage was caused by a sword or similar large, heavy and sharp object and that rangers got a tip that a young man was seen walking through a nearby neighborhood swinging two swords last weekend.

Blood was found on the ground next to one of the damaged cactuses, and rangers believe the vandal was injured. The blood was collected as evidence.


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