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This undated photograph provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management shows the vandalism of a popular rock art panel northeast of Price, Utah. Ahmed Mohsen, acting field manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Price office, says an individual confessed to a local property owner and authorities are following up on the lead. He did not release details about the individual and says no one has been questioned yet. Mohsen says archeologists are still reviewing the extent of the damages. (AP Photo/U.S.Bureau of Land Management)
Family of young vandals pays to fix Nine Mile Canyon art panel

Initials, date were carved into art panel near Pregnant Buffalo petroglyph in Nine Mile Canyon.

First Published Jul 28 2014 04:34 pm • Last Updated Jul 28 2014 08:15 pm

The family of two juveniles from Salt Lake City has agreed to pay $1,500 to mitigate the damage caused when the youth carved initials and the date on the Pregnant Buffalo rock art panel in Nine Mile Canyon.

Bureau of Land Management officials assessed the damage caused by the vandalism and estimated a cost of about $1,500 to restore and repair the panel. The unidentified family agreed to pay for the work.

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"I hope people try to think about the consequences and the effect their actions have on history," one of the juveniles told the BLM, according to a release Monday. It did not mention charges, but said the case was resolved.

One youth confessed to a local landowner, which led the BLM to the young vandals in Salt Lake City.

The letters "JMN" were etched into rock near an image of a pregnant bison along with the date 5/25/14.

Nine Mile Canyon, which is actually more than 40 miles long, has been a popular destination for people drawn to its concentration of ancient art, estimated to be in excess of 10,000 images pecked and painted into rock. But it has seen heavier use since its dirt surface was hardened to accommodate industrial traffic associated with oil and gas development on the West Tavaputs Plateau.

Preservationists fear vandalism and looting could rise as more people drive through the canyon. To protect these resources and help the public appreciate them, they say, BLM must maintain a stronger presence in the canyon, with both staff and interpretive facilities.

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman


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