Environmental extremists have laid claim to toppling two radio towers last week outside of Seattle, reports the Associated Press.
A sign bearing the letters ELF was found near the towers, said Andy Skotdal, general manager of KRKO Radio in Everett, about 25 miles north of Seattle. The group is a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s.
The towers were torn down because of health and environmental concerns, according to an e-mail to The Herald of Everett from the North American ELF Press Office, which has represented the shadowy group in the past.
"We have to weigh our priorities, and the local ecosystem in Everett, along with the local residents, do not need additional sports news radio station towers that come at the expense of reduced property values and harmful radio waves," ELF press office spokesman Jason Crawford said in an e-mail.
The FBI believes the militants used an on-site track hoe to bring down the two towers, one of which stood at 349-feet tall.
The radio station is offering a $25,000 reward in the case.
In March 2008, ELF torched five luxury homes deemed "built green" by developers in a Seattle suburb. Much like the recent incident, ELF left a calling card: "McMansions + R.C.D.'s r not green." (R.C.D. stands for rural cluster developments.)
♦ Screenshot of the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office.