The tourists of the Red Fleet State Park at Vernal in Utah are reportedly destroying the sandstones that are carrying the footprints of the long extinct dinosaurs.
The authorities of the park have said that the visitors are found to be taking off sandstone pieces possessing tacks of dinosaurs and throwing the preserved fossils into a proximate lake. In the process, the tourists are destroying the long-preserved artifacts. The park officials have the belief that the visitors might be doing such an undesirable activity without realizing the true potential of the rocks. However, the actual reason has not yet been found out.
Josh Hansen who works as a manager at the Utah State Park explained that when he was boating across the water body, he witnessed a kid to be throwing away large amounts of the sandstones into the lake. Hansen said it concerned him when he his eyes quickly fell on the tracks of dinosaurs that the sandstones carried on them. Hansen stated that it is an integral part of the history which needs to be protected.
“Some of the tracks are very distinct to the layperson,” Hansen said,”but just as many are not. That is why it is important to not disturb any rocks at the dinosaur trackway.”
People come to Red Fleet from across the country and the world to see wonders like these, Hansen said. By deteriorating the track site, people are taking away the experience from thousands of others. Not only that, but this act also constitutes a crime. One of the large dinosaur tracks at Red Fleet State Park
“It is illegal to displace rocks that contain the tracks,” Hansen said. “Disturbing them like this is an act of vandalism.”
The Red Fleet State Park has plans to scan the lake with the help of professional divers in order to check if any fossils could be found in the lake and could be restored back. However, the experts have said that many of them get destroyed after coming in contact with water. Though the park still has not yet charged any fines for the damage caused, it may soon consider putting some legal charges.
The origin of the Dino footprints on the sandstones of the “Red Fleet State Park” can be dated back to near about two hundred million years before. As analyzed the traces could be of some carnivorous dinosaur with the height of near about eight foot. A lot of the tracks are witnessed on a path, which lines “a slickrock slope.” These tend to attract a lot of tourists.
Devan Chavez, who acts as a spokesperson of the Utah Division of State Parks said that the matter has become a serious issue. He further added that at the time of easily discarding the rocks into the water body, the doers do not realize the potential effect of their activities. Chavez told that the park is going to study the matter in-depth.
As of now, there still is a large amount of dino remains in the park that can be easily spotted. Nevertheless, as estimated nearly ten large and prominent dino footprints have been destroyed in just six months.