Catoosa closing due to sabotage on roads, trails

Tennessee's Catoosa Wildlife Management Area is closing to the public starting Monday after officials found roads and trails had been made unsafe by sabotage.

Wildlife officials say they have found nails, spikes and nail-boards at Catoosa since late June and added that the tires on some vehicles have been flattened. The sabotage began shortly after new rules changed the classification of wild hogs from a game animal to a nuisance animal targeted for eradication.

Program Manager Kirk Miles, with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, says the sabotage may be from hunters angry about the change because booby-traps have been found near wild hog traps.

Catoosa covers approximately 80,000 acres in East Tennessee. Wildlife officials will search the area with metal detectors before the area reopens.