At Red Fleet State Park in Utah, the strangest thing is happening. The park’s impressive collection of dinosaur tracks is slowly being destroyed by vandals who are picking up the large stone slabs and throwing them into a reservoir that is nearby. The bigger problem is that most of the time, these people are not even aware o what they are destroying. The dinosaur tracks have been preserved in a very good condition in 200-million-year-old rock. According to Devan Chavez, a spokesperson for the Utah Division of State Parks, the problem is getting more and more serious with each passing day.
It is no longer a joke, or something that has only happened once, for fun or by accident. People are regularly throwing these rocks off the slide. Unfortunately, they have no idea that they are completely covered in valuable dinosaur tracks and that basically, they are throwing history away. Park officials are saying that it has become a habit of those visitors to see something splash into the reservoir water. So, when they go looking for rock to throw, they inevitably stumble upon these fossilized tracks. Unknowingly, they destroy them one by one.
Ancient dinosaur tracks destroyed for fun
It seems that the number of these acts of vandalism has increased over the past six months. Unfortunately, nobody is sure just how many dinosaur tracks have been lost forever in this game that the tourists are playing. Now, the park officials are planning to send a diving team to swim to the bottom of the reservoir and gather as many rocks with tracks on them as possible. Sadly, most of them might have been completely destroyed, so their effort might be in vain.
For now, the park is adding more warning signs in an attempt to make visitors realize that what they have been doing is wrong. Let’s hope that they will stop throwing these valuable fossils into the water soon.
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