NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State wildlife officials are looking for individuals who illegally cut down trees at Percy Priest Lake.
Reports indicate Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers recently found 24 Bald Cypress trees cut down by chainsaws.
The trees are the property of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and removing them violates federal law.
Officials say the individuals who cut down the trees then sank them in the lake to use as fish attractors.
Bald Cypress trees, which are a member of the redwood family, can grow to 120 feet. TWRA reservoir biologists plant the water-tolerant trees near lakes to help keep the shoreline intact and minimize erosion.
Officials say anyone with information about the individuals who cut down the trees should call a tip line set up by the TWRA at 615-781-6631.