HUDSON, NY – Authorities believe woodchucks are to blame for damages at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.
Every year local veterans groups place American flags in front of the tombstones of Civil War Veterans in the cemetery. This year about 75 flags were missing from the graves leading up to and following the Fourth of July.
A worker at Cedar Park Cemetery said the flags have been taken down and the staffs broken in previous years as well. Police were even offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrests of those that were targeting the cemetery.
However the mystery came to an end on Saturday when police reviewed motion sensor cameras they recently set up in the cemetery.
City of Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck Jr. watched the cameras and confirms he saw a woodchuck in front of a grave with a flag, and then watched the woodchuck and flag disappear.
Mayor Hallenbeck says that several flags that were still at the graves had noticeable bite marks on them.
Mayor Hallenbeck says a manufacturer of the flags have added a substance that attracts woodchucks. He says that other municipalities have had the same problem.