Massachusetts Trail Users In Danger

Cables Strung Across Park Trails

A person or a group has been installing cables across motorcycle trails in state forests and parks with the intent to cause serious harm, according to the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Three forests affected in May were Franklin State Forest, Wrentham State Forest and Freetown State Forest.

“The AMA categorically denounces these appalling attempts intended to maim or kill off-highway motorcyclists and others,” says AMA Government Affairs Manager for Off-Highway Issues Steve Salisbury. “These acts are no less than ecological terrorism, and we implore the authorities to take every measure to bring the perpetrators to justice and keep our forests safe for law-abiding citizens.”

Authorities are asking anyone who notices suspicious activity to call the 24-hour Environmental Police phone line, (800) 632-8075, or the DCR Park Watch Hotline, (866) 759-2824.

The New England Trail Rider Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for endangering the lives of motorcyclists by stringing these cables.