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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
 
Release Date: 02/14/14
Contacts: Shannon Borders, 970-240-5399    

Reward offered leading to suspect in rock art vandalism case


MONTROSE, Colo. - The Bureau of Land Management is seeking information regarding vandalism to a Native American rock art panel located on public lands in the Paradox Valley of western Colorado.  The vandalism occurred on or around Jan. 1, 2014. The vandals carved “AFS,” “SDT” and “Happy New Year’s 2014” into the rock panel. 
 
According to a BLM archeologist, the rock art panel is between 2,000 and 4,000-years-old, and the site has been identified by local Native American tribes as a sacred site. The estimated restoration cost to the panel is in excess of $4,000. 
 
Any person with information regarding the identification of suspects, vandalism to the rock art panel or the identity of AFS and SDT should contact BLM Law Enforcement at 970-240-5341. Those submitting information leading to the conviction of the suspects may be eligible for a cash reward up to $500. 

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Caption:  The BLM is seeking information leading to suspects who vandalized this rock art panel in the Paradox Valley.

 

 



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 02-14-2014