Dinosaur tracks in Utah park thrown into lake by visitors


Guests at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur run to earths imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials whispered.

The site lined with hundreds of the prehistoric raptor tracks has been heavily hurt in the past six months, Red Fleet State Park Manager Josh Hansen judged.

They’re just looking to throw rocks off the side. What they don’t be aware of is these rocks they’re picking up, they’re covered in dinosaur sniff outs.– Devan Chavez, Utah Division of State Parks

Hansen recently surprised a juvenile who was throwing slabs of stone into the reservoir, told the Sea salt Lake Tribune . He heard two thumps into the water before drop anchor his boat. Then he saw the person holding two toe imprints from a partial dinosaur path.

“I saved that one,” Hansen said. “He had already thrown multiple (railroads in the water).”

Many tracks are noticeable walking through the landscape, but others are not. Utah Line of State Parks spokesman Devan Chavez said his conservative evaluation is that at least 10 of the larger, more visible footprints, which number from 3 to 17 inches (8 to 43 centimetres), disappeared in the former six months.

“It’s become quite a big problem,” Chavez said. “They’re neutral looking to throw rocks off the side. What they don’t realize is these escarpments they’re picking up, they’re covered in dinosaur tracks.”

‘Lost forever’

Some of the tranches sink to the bottom of Red Fleet Reservoir, some shatter upon flogging the surface and others dissolve entirely.

“Some of them are likely strayed forever,” Chavez said.

Dinosaur tracks in Utah park thrown into lake by visitors

Visitors examine dinosaur tracks at Red Fast State Park. Paleontologists believe they belong to dilophosaurus, in some measure of the raptor family, which ambushed other dinosaurs while they were snoozing or drinking from a swamp. (Utah Division of Parks and Recreation via Associated Swarm)

The park is considering sending a diving team to recover what it can from the lakebed. For now, it’s prompt up more signs asking tourists not to touch the sandstone.

“You’d think low-class sense would provide guidance, but it’s not coming across in people’s heed,” said Hansen, who’s been the park’s manager since March. He’s rejoined to two cases in the past two weeks.

This dry and dusty desert area was now a bog filled with mud and moss. Paleontologists believe the dilophosaurus, part of the raptor strain, ambushed other dinosaurs while they were resting or potation from the swamp.

Though their three-toed footprints are not fossils, they’re treated as such under Utah pandect. Anyone who destroys one could be charged with a felony, though no assaults have been filed recently.

Three teens were strove in juvenile court for destruction of a paleontological site at Red Fleet State Commons in 2001.

“We’re going to be cracking down on it a lot more,” Chavez said.

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