Petroglyphs vandalized in Dominguez Canyon

Petroglyphs were found vandalized late August in Dominguez Canyon, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

A BLM news release said the vandalism involved two rock art panels.

Dominguez Canyon is inside the newly created Dominguez Canyon Wilderness, which was designated by Congress in March.

“People need to know that marking up these rock art panels is not just graffiti,” said Catherine Robertson, manager of Grand Junction’s BLM office.

“It robs the American public of its cultural treasures.”

Robertson said the new NCA designation will provide more resources for the BLM to manage and protect the area.

Investigators haven’t determined if stiff fines and penalties under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 would apply in the August vandalism.

Earlier this year, two Montrose men were ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution and fines for vandalizing petroglyphs near Gateway in 2007.

Anyone with information about the most recent vandalism is asked to call Grand Junction’s Bureau of Land Management office, 970-244-3000.


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