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Reward Offered for Stolen Dinosaur Footprint Near Moab

The BLM and local outfitters are offering over $1,000 for information on the missing Jurassic-era track.

by: Trent Knoss

image: B.L.M.
image: B.L.M.

A group of local outfitters is joining the Bureau of Land Management in offering a cash reward for information on a Jurassic-era dinosaur footprint stolen last week from a trail near Moab.

The Moab Times reports that the perfectly preserved 190 million-year-old track was pried from the surrounding sandstone on or around February 18.  The theft of the track has upset both paleontologists and guide services who lead tours in the area:

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.”

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“[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.”

The BLM is asking anyone with information about the theft to call park law enforcement at 435-259-2100.
 
Read more: Moab Times



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