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Dallas-Area Road Signs Altered Again; Read ‘Gorilla Deserved It’

The latest message is an apparent reference to the fatal shooting of a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo

For the third time in eight days, someone altered electronic road signs on Dallas-area roadways, this time to say "Gorilla deserved it."

The latest message is an apparent reference to the fatal shooting of a gorilla named Harambe at Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into its exhibit on May 28.

An NBC DFW viewer tweeted a photo of a portable sign early Sunday morning on Cedar Springs Road between the Katy Trail and Carlisle Street in Dallas.

The messages on three electronic road signs in Dallas were changed during the Memorial Day weekend.

Similar incidents were reported on Saturday, May 28 in Cockrell Hill — when signs said "Donald Trump Is a Shape-Shifting Lizard" and "Bernie for President" — and on Tuesday, May 31 in West Dallas, where a third sign read "Work Is Canceled — Go Back Home."

TxDOT officials said those signs belonged to a contractor performing work along Interstate 30, and the hacking was only possible by physically opening a control panel on the sign.

Tampering with such signs is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

If you notice suspicious activity around portable signs, especially when there is no construction, contact TxDOT or local police.

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