BLM offers $1K reward for information on Shinob Kibe vandalism in Washington County

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward for information on the individual or individuals who vandalized public lands located on Shinob Kibe in Washington County. Photo Courtesy: Bureau of Land Management

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, May 21, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward for information on the individual or individuals who vandalized public lands located on Shinob Kibe in Washington County.

The words “Dog Town” were painted in large white letters on the boulders at the top of Shinob Kibe, a BLM news release said. Members of the public discovered paint rollers and paint buckets in the immediate vicinity. The BLM became aware of the damages through social media.

“The Shinob Kibe mesa is an important archaeological site, a well known prominent landmark, and a sacred place to local Paiute Indians,” the news release said.

The BLM is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

“Restoring sites after deliberate vandalism is a complex, difficult process, and not always possible,” said St. George Field Office Manager Keith Rigtrup. “Thoughtless actions such as these impact the public’s ability to enjoy the spectacular scenic values we have here in Washington County. The BLM is dedicated to protecting public lands for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Please contact the Archaeological Resources Protection Act hotline at 800-227-7286 with any information. Callers may remain anonymous.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a reward for information on the individual or individuals who vandalized public lands located on Shinob Kibe in Washington County. Photo Courtesy: Bureau of Land Management

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