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Vandals Deface Utah Petroglyphs With Obscenities

Zak Podmore, Salt Lake Tribune

An ancient petroglyph panel near Moab, Utah was vandalized with obscene and racist graffiti earlier this week. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, authorities are searching for the people responsible.

The petroglyph panel known as the “Birthing Rock” is located at a popular recreation spot near the confluence of Kane Creek and the Colorado River. It features centuries-old images from Ancestral Puebloans as well as Ute artwork. The Salt Lake Tribune reports, vandals defaced the petroglyphs with the words “white power” and other obscene words and images sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday. The Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the vandalism. You can call 1 800 722 3998 with anonymous tips.

Melissa joined KNAU's team in 2015 to report on science, health, and the environment. Her work has appeared nationally on NPR and been featured on Science Friday. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert.