VAIL, Colorado, Oct 23 (LSN) – An environmentalist group has claimed responsibility for torching a ski resort on top of Vail Mountain causing $12 million (US) in damages. The eco-terrorism was slated as “just a warning” by the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and carried out in retaliation for the ski resort’s plans for expansion. Rocky Mountain News confirmed the admission of responsibility with a related animal activist group, the North American Animal Liberation Front.  Barry Clausen, an eco-terrorism researcher linked to the well known group Earth First!, said: “The Earth First! Journal puts out the call for action. They (ELF) read the literature and then they go out and commit acts of sabotage,” said Clausen. Although a spokesman for Earth First! denied links between her organization and ELF she failed to condemn the eco-terrorist group. “There are lots of individuals trying to save the wild. ELF is one of them,” said Theresa Kintz, an editor of the Earth First! Journal.  Clausen noted an escalation in eco-terrorism and said that it began with the destruction of fences,  firebombing of livestock facilities and driving spikes into trees to kill or maim unsuspecting loggers.  The text of the email which claimed responsibility for the torching of the resort read:  “On behalf of the lynx, 5 buildings and 4 ski lifts at Vail were reduced to ashes on the night of Sunday,  October 18th. Vail, Inc. is already the largest ski operation in North America and now wants to expand even further. The 12 miles of roads and 885 acres of clearcuts will ruin the last, best lynx habitat in the state. Putting profits ahead of Colorado’s wildlife will not be tolerated. This action is just a warning. We will be back if this greedy corporation continues to trespass into wild and unroaded areas.  For your safety and convenience, we strongly advise skiers to choose other destinations until Vail cancels its inexcusable plans for expansion.”


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