Vandals deface prehistoric 'Pregnant Buffalo' rock art

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  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    May 29, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    @My2Cents As incensed as I am over this, I think you raised a good point. Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park comes to mind. The flooding of that for San Francisco's water broke John Muir's heart and probably was the cause of his passing away.

  • The Wraith Kaysville, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:10 p.m.

    How do we as a society even rectify this? No punishment given could "repair" the damage has been done. Do we put them in jail? I don't believe so and even if we did what good would it do? Do we fine them? How do you put a price on an artifact like this?

    It's just incredibly depressing.

  • RDJntx Austin, TX
    May 28, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    The pure arrogance of Americans is mind boggling. The scout masters, this incident and the other crap that is left behind is unbelievable. And a lot of Americans think it is their right to graffiti up wherever they are. When I was in IRAQ from 03-2011 I was appalled at the amount of graffiti and vandalisim our Soldiers engaged in. sure it was a war zone but that is no excuse for that kind of behavior. Hopefully these clowns get caught and get time for letting their stupid show

  • dustman Gallup, NM
    May 28, 2014 2:27 p.m.

    Some people just don't respect those that came before them. Nor do they respect those they live with and their right to enjoy the beauty of the past. Just sad.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    May 28, 2014 12:42 p.m.

    In how many years time will this new etching become a piece of historical and scientific data that needs to be preserved? I once visited Independence Rock and saw many names and dates from the 1800's at what point did they cease to be graffiti and become part of the historical record?
    I do agree with the above expressed outrage, there are plenty of other rocks for one to leave her mark.

  • netsrik Draper, UT
    May 28, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    The only thing I can ask is: why? What on Earth is so much fun about destroying things? Jail time is what this person/people deserve!

  • KinCO Fort Collins, CO
    May 28, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    "A rock art panel is not someone's private pallet where people can create their own images." So true, although the word should be 'palette' (as in artist's palette) not 'pallet' (those wooden platforms used to move merchandise in warehouses and such). I guess we should be glad the author didn't use 'palate'.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    May 28, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    It is terrible that this happened, and previous readers have adequately expressed that sentiment. Two good things come from these unfortunate events:

    1) Advertising. Government agencies have limited resources to educate individuals that these sites exist. This story will be in dozens of newspapers and websites, so thousands of individuals previously unfamiliar with this site will learn about it.

    2) Conduct training. Some individuals were simply never taught how damaging this behavior is. The media coverage and penalties associated will help others recognize the consequences of vandalism.

    As an example, people have been taking souvenirs from Petrified Forest for over a hundred years. Thousands of tons have been lost. The Park Service does their best to educate visitors, but the problem continues. One well publicized instance of an individual paying a fine would do more to stop the practice than the combined efforts of all of the rangers.

    This vandal will be caught, he will pay a fine and the damage will be minimized. The media will cover it well, and thousands more good guests will visit this site as a result. The end result (with help from the media) will be a net positive for the site.

  • giniajim King George, VA
    May 28, 2014 6:47 a.m.


  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 28, 2014 6:22 a.m.

    It can hardly be too criminal, they did not affect the rock art of the ancients and they just added some current rock are information like pioneers used to do when they moved west. Man has been forever leaving his mark and its a natural to want to leave his generations mark with the old. Who know how many generations or hundreds of years many of these marks were added over time by travelers to and from the area? This kind of rock information is the same thing and can never be stopped.

    The law has become to overbearing and needlessly condemning man for his I was hear scratchings. What wrong with leaving rock art that will out last civilizations who don't leave any marks? Our history is no less important than past centuries of nomads have left us.

    If its so important why has government buried hundreds of rock art sites in hundreds of feet of water with every dam they have ever built a dam in the US? A person is no more guilty of defacing ancient marking then the what government destroys with contempt.

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    May 27, 2014 8:06 p.m.

    Pure vanity and stupidity. When people do permanent and irreparable damage like this, what they need is a permanent punishment tattooed right onto their forehead in the form of a "V" for vandal or with the same thing they vandalized with "JMN 5.24.14".

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    May 27, 2014 7:56 p.m.

    The only way to stop this crazy vandalism is to fine them and throw them in jail for a while. Use the money to improve the world.

  • Billy Bob Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 27, 2014 7:06 p.m.

    Although I agree that this is a dumb and immature thing to do, I disagree with those who believe that it is a crime that deserves jail time. Punishment should be a fine and community service at the most. If any jail time at all, it should be a very short sentence. Just my opinion. But, yeah it is an extremely dumb and immature thing to do. I honestly don't get people who do this. It is messed up.

  • Cole Thomas Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2014 6:38 p.m.


  • A Run South Jordan, UT
    May 27, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    I have to agree that defacing property is grounds for legal action. Whether federal or local doesn't matter, rules and laws should be obeyed. Yet at the same time, try looking at it from another perspective. The Native Americans left their mark on the walls, and that is all these people did. Of course it ruins the aesthetic, but in a few thousand years, it's possible that the buffalo will be gone anyways, and the marks from our generation will be there. This will become their new aesthetics.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    May 27, 2014 5:29 p.m.

    This vandalism is truly sad. I do have an honest question/comment. I believe it is certainly valuable to inform the public of these unfortunate acts, and perhaps some would even argue that this is a responsibility of the press. Unfortunately, there are those in our population who thrive on getting attention and will do stupid and even downright evil things to get attention. I wonder if putting this article on the front page possibly gives a sense of reward (in a twisted sort of way) to those individuals. In this case, there is enough information (license plate #) to give the police a lead, thank goodness.

    I do wonder, however, if some very small percentage of people might read this article and think "This is how I can have my two minutes of fame", and thus a question that should be asked is if printing this type of information may lead to more of the same behavior, even if it is in a very small number of persons. I think it is a question that should at least be considered as far as giving the incident, and the perpetrators, notoriety.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    May 27, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    Sure hope it wasn't the Boy Scouts this time.

  • Bob Pomeroy Bisbee, AZ
    May 27, 2014 4:21 p.m.

    I can't think of a comment which reflects both my outrage and the standards of this site. I guess it would have to be something about the admixture of ignorance and arrogance in the psyches of the persons who did this. I hope it wasn't bolstered by the comments of the hoodoo topplers that they'd learned they'd done 'the right thing the wrong way', but I never bought their claim of being motivated by a desire to protect their charges anyway.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    May 27, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    I will never understand why people can't just enjoy the beauty of their surroundings without defacing them. I hate when I hike the Uintahs and people act like it is their backyard with garbage and initials carved everywhere. What happened to the motto, "Take only pictures". Just like the two scoutmaster in Goblin Valley, I hope they do jail time.