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HAMILTON  - Authorities say they have tracked down five teenagers who damaged several picnic tables in the Bitterroot National Forest last month.

Forest spokesman Tod McKay says the teens "were just high school kids having a strong man contest, seeing who could flip over the tables." A call to a state tip line led the suspects, who McKay says acknowledged causing the damage.

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The six tables, each of which weighs between 500 and 600 pounds, were flipped over on the beach near a Lake Como swimming area late last month. The damage was initially estimated at $15,000, but that figure has since been reduced.

McKay tells The Ravalli Republic the Forest Service didn't press criminal charges, but the teens will have to pay several thousand dollars and help with the repair work.

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