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The BLM and local outfitters are offering over $1,000 for information on the missing Jurassic-era track.
ReBecca Hunt-Foster, a paleontologist with the Moab BLM office, said the stolen artifact is “priceless.”
“When fossil resources like dinosaur tracks are damaged, vandalized or stolen, we all lose something priceless,” Hunt-Foster said. “These fossils belong to all Americans. When fossils like these are taken, we lose irreplaceable scientific and educational opportunities to explore some of the natural history that makes Utah’s public lands so special.”
“[The dinosaur track] is a highlight for people on the tour of that area,” said [Melissa] Neron, adding that John Marshall, who owns Coyote Land Tours, stops at the site to discuss paleontology and geology. “People are so excited to see it. And now it’s gone. It just makes you angry. Something like that has been here 190 million years and now it’s gone.”