This is so sad and unfortunate. Added to what happened in Goblin Valley by the
boy scouts, we are losing a great heritage.
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.
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?
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
Anything for a buck?Only an idiot would try to sell that artifact. It
would be like trying to fence a stolen Stradivarius.
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.
"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.
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.
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!
Similar mentality of the "Goblin Topplers".
@ 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.