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Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust chairman Pete Neale said they installed the donated sign at the viaduct lookout in the national park around a year ago,
“The sign was to help kea survival rates by getting a simple message across to tourists not to feed the kea.
“In the last week or so the sign has disappeared. It was bolted and glued fairly securely, or so we thought, to the concrete pylon base,” he said.
Mr Neale said he is quite frustrated that the sign is now gone.
“We are a small group of volunteers trying to do our bit to enhance the area in and around the Arthur’s Pass National Park. We would much rather be spending our time on predator and weed control, rather than searching for stolen signs.”
The sign is approximately 1200 x 1200cm and wouldn’t fit in a normal vehicle, he said.
Mr Neale said stolen signs seem to be a common theme in the area.
“There is another sign we are often having to replace at Greyneys bridge about 5km east of Arthur’s Pass Village. One which alerts people to the presence of kiwi has been missing for about four months.”