Ancient dinosaur track stolen from trail near Moab

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  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Feb. 22, 2014 4:17 a.m.

    @ Absent Minded Mormon
    "And Conservatives can [sic] seem to understnad [sic]why we Liberals go around trying to protect these sorts of things."
    Yes, Conservatives want to confine criminals and leave nature free for everyone to enjoy. You Liberals want to restrict nature and let criminals free for everyone to enjoy.
    Do you honestly believe you can fence off every dinosaur track, petro glyph and rock formation? Yeah, I guess you do. And that's what we Conservatives can't seem to understand.

  • dan76 san antonio, TX
    Feb. 21, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    Similar mentality of the "Goblin Topplers".

  • Rkirk Draper, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 10:09 a.m.

    I'm working with some folks to launch a massive social media campaign to get the word out and hopefully ferret out the jokers that took the track. If you have FB or Twitter, please repost this article and the other KSL articles on your FB, asking anyone with any info to contact the BLM. People need to stop stealing away our history and our public right to enjoy the things this earth gives us as gifts. No politics, no left/right- just my kids being able to check out cool pieces of our natural history in its true setting. Thanks!

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:52 a.m.

    Maybe I'm stupid, but if it was so valuable, then why didn't the state professionally extract the print and put it safely where it could be seen and studied for generations? It was just a matter of time before this was stolen. As for being able to sell it. I'm sure that the transaction was done before the print was stolen.

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    "The fossils are protected under federal law, so the person who stole the track could face civil and criminal penalties, which could include fines or a jail sentence."

    Ya think? They "could" face.....If caught, they will face......

    Just a shame that someone thinks they are above the law. This is that entitlement society we live in. People don't care, and if caught, they will argue like crazy that it was for some reason they did it. Won't make sense, but they will have a great story and try to blame someone else. Just like Goblin Valley.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Dinosaur tracks are found on the ceilings of the coal mines in carbon county Utah.

    The continuous mining machines nowadays chew them up as they go.

    But before this mining technology, the dinosaur tracks were easily extracted by miners without damage and sit on their fireplace hearths and porch steps. The one I saw was at least 2 feet in diameter with 3 toes.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:30 a.m.

    Anything for a buck?
    Only an idiot would try to sell that artifact. It would be like trying to fence a stolen Stradivarius.

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 8:17 a.m.

    I am not sure what value someone would find in an ancient dinosaur track. If they tried to sell it, eventually they would be caught. If they want to put it on display, eventually someone would report it and they would be found. About the only thing you could do is lock it up secretly and never tell anyone else that you had it. I am happy to see that open-minded people can acknowledge that liberals and conservatives both understnad the value of protecting national treasures.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    Feb. 21, 2014 7:32 a.m.

    And Conservatives can seem to understnad why we Liberals go around trying to protect these sorts of things.

    Anything for buck,
    business is business,
    You can buy anything in this world, with money -- yeh Neo-Cons?

  • jcobabe Provo, UT
    Feb. 21, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    We cannot possibly lock down every rock in the wilderness. Such a level of regulation would defeat the very purpose. It is sad indeed that not all wilderness users seem to understand that natural features of wild lands are something to be cherished and preserved, for everyone. But there seems to be a thriving black market for collectibles.

    Far more productive than initiating ever more government regulation, perhaps it would be prudent to direct more energy to education and teaching, to promulgate respect and reverence for the wonders of nature.

  • ironmania San Diego, CA
    Feb. 20, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    This is so sad and unfortunate. Added to what happened in Goblin Valley by the boy scouts, we are losing a great heritage.