Saturday, April 15, 2006

As Bill Engval Would Say :


Forest Service posts signs warning of illegal immigrants, smugglers

April 14, 2006 01:12 PM

Coronado National Forest workers have started placing signs warning visitors that smugglers and illegal immigrants may be in the area and to use caution.

The signs are designed to let those unfamiliar with the area know of potential hazards and aren't intended to discourage public visits, said Bill Wilcox, fire manager for the Sierra Vista Ranger District.

He said forest managers decided the signs were needed so visitors are more alert.

They will be placed Carr Canyon, Miller Canyon and Montezuma Pass in Cochise County, as well as Parker Lake, Harshaw Canyon and Kino Springs portions of the Sierra Vista Ranger District in Santa Cruz County.

The warning is not detailed, saying simply: "Travel Caution. Smuggling and illegal immigrants may be encountered in this area."

Wilcox said that while most people who live in the area know about potential problems with smugglers and illegal immigrants, tourists and newcomers are not as aware.

Residents have reported seeing as many as 100 migrants at a time going across their land, and complained about troubles with trash and debris left behind.