Skip to Content

Forest Service trail dozer vandalized and damaged

PRESTON, Idaho (KIFI) – Bear River Zone trail crew members were shocked Wednesday morning to arrive at their work site and find the zone’s 50-inch Sweco trail dozer had been forcibly stolen and driven into and left in Cub River.

Crews secured the dozer the previous evening after spending the day opening trails. Upon returning the next morning, they found all padlocks had been cut from the machine, allowing the vandals to operate it. Tracks indicated the machine had been driven around briefly before being driven off the road and into Cub River.

Trail dozers are expensive and vital tools in maintaining the forest trail system. Funding to purchase such equipment is not readily available, and this particular machine was transferred to the zone from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation. Initial reports sever damage to the machine, including intentionally broken hydraulic lines, an unserviceable battery and water contamination of operating fluids. Crews were able to retrieve the equipment from the river and are continuing to assess the extent of damages.

Given our short summer seasons, crews rely heavily on the dozer to assist in opening and repairing the zone trail system for recreational use. Senseless vandalism and disregard for public property such as this effects everyone who enjoys the Forest trail systems.

Officials say it’s highly likely those responsible were injured in the incident. Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Soda Springs Ranger District at (208) 547-4356, Montpelier Ranger District at (208) 847-0375 or the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at (208) 852-1234.

Article Topic Follows: Idaho

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

News Team


KIFI Local News 8 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content