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Moab man admits to stealing dinosaur footprint

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  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    July 9, 2014 5:11 p.m.

    One question: Why?

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    July 9, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    What a dumb waste.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:53 a.m.

    Funny. I just reviewed the powers of Congress in Article I, section 8 and didn't seen anything authorizing Congress to pass a Paleontology Preservation Act. I guess this poor guy didn't have enough money to pay his lawyer $1M to challenge the constitutionality of such a rogue act.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:55 a.m.

    Why is he getting off so easily? That footprint was there for over 65 million years and now its gone.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 10, 2014 5:42 a.m.

    Two questions come to mind.

    1) Was beer involved?

    2) Why didn't he make a video and post it on youtube?

    regis asks the best question.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 10, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Who selected the photo that runs with the article? Decency would dictate that a less offensive photo should have been used.

    I agree with Tumbleweed. The federal government has no authority to regulate dinosaur fossils. Common decency would make us leave things where they are found. Mr. Ehlers may be guilty of something, but he broke no federal law that was legally assigned to the federal government by the Constitution.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    July 10, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    @Tumbleweed & Mike Richards - First off, it's a footprint, not a fossil. Secondly, The constitution is not the end all, be all of U.S. legislation. That was never the intention of the founding fathers. The understood that no single document could ever fully encompass all the laws and regulations needed to govern a nation. It's not patriotism to claim "that's not in the Constitution" when someone breaks the law, it's just plain defiance.

    The footprint was on federal land and is therefore protected. Adhering to basic rules of common decency is all well and good, and should be something we all strive to do, but without an actual law then there's no recourse when someone chooses to ignore those rules.

    Frankly, I think this guy got off pretty easily, but I also feel justice was adequately served. He stole a dinosaur footprint and threw it in a river. He didn't commit murder, he didn't hurt or maim anyone in the process and his name and face have been all over the news, so I think it's time to close the books on this and move on.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    July 10, 2014 12:04 p.m.

    @Tumbleweed & Mike Richards --

    So, by your logic, does the federal government have the power to try people for murder? For drug possession? Those don't appear anywhere in the constitution, either?

    How about bankruptcy proceedings?

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 11, 2014 7:37 a.m.

    I'm still trying to figure out how he "threw" a 150 pound rock in the river.

  • not here COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
    July 11, 2014 9:59 a.m.

    What I want to know is this. He got a fine no jail time, and the boy scouts from Salt Lake city that chipped out the tracks from the Dinosaur race way, and threw them in Red fleet Reservoir out by Vernal UT, they got a slap on the wrist and that's all. Now will some one on here please explain that to me. Or is because of the backers of the BSA in Utah?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 11, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    @not here
    The BSA is a protected club here in Utah. It's affiliation with the Church and its strong historical ties to the community usually absolves it from most of it's wrong doing.

  • Professor Emeritus Bethesda , MD
    July 11, 2014 3:55 p.m.

    @ tumbleweed

    don't use the classic comics version of the constitution Check article iv

    The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

    The Government Owns the land ande can make rule for it

  • Barnyard Moab, UT
    July 13, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    The track was actually not on blm land it was close but in truth it was on state land