USFS Cites 10 for Damage by 4-Wheelers
By the Associated Press - 09/19/2006

PHILIPSBURG (AP) - The Forest Service has cited 10 people for damage done over Labor Day weekend by their full-sized, four-wheel-drive vehicles.

They were cited for driving in the Little Gold Creek area on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, 14 miles northeast of Philipsburg.

The Forest Service refused to name the suspects, but did say those cited live in Eureka, Kalispell and Fortine.

The federal agency says the 10 were charged because they drove their vehicles over several acres of wet meadows, leaving ruts, damaging stream banks and breaking down a jackleg fence.

The Forest Service got reports of the activity from people in the area.

The 10 were also charged with operating a motor vehicle in a closed area and with having a campfire in violation of fire restrictions.

The group had been told by an off-duty state game warden that vehicles weren't allowed on the road through Game Pass, but chose to drive there anyway, officials said.