NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - City Park is fighting back against vandals targeting nature.
"Unfortunately, it only takes a few bad apples to do quite a bit of damage and someone came with some white spray paint about a week or so ago and just tagged things left and right in the forest," said John Hopper, City Park spokesman.
The Couturie Forest in City Park is a 33-acre urban oasis that offers an escape from the city life, but because of vandals, that city feeling is creeping too close to nature.
"We try to get on it right away and we've been out there with our brown paint repainting the benches, repainting the picnic tables," Hopper said.
But someone started tagging living trees, which is much harder to remove than paint on a bench.
"When they tag a tree, I just don't get it and you can't get the paint off a tree right away. It's a little more labor intensive, but the main thing is there are only a few people that are doing it. So there are a lot of people that come to the park and respect the park, so if you see them doing it, call the police," Hopper said.
City Park asks anyone who spots graffiti to let the administration know so their volunteers can try and clean up the mess.