Hikers react with frustration to Shinob Kibe vandalism in Washington County

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Vandals defaced an important archaeological site and sacred place to Paiute Indians in Southern Utah. 

Hikers in Washington expressed frustration at the vandals who painted the words “dog town” in large white letters at the well-known landmark Shinob Kibe. 

“It’s really sad when you get that kind of pollution, garbage, or just thoughtless vandalism,” St. George resident Scott Christansen said, who hikes the trail a few times a week. “It’s just immaturity, irresponsibility, looking for some sort of thrill by messing something up.” 

The Bureau of Land Management is now asking for help and offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction after the public discovered paint rollers and paint buckets in the area in mid-March. 

In a statement, Keith Rigtrup, St. George field office manager, said, “Restoring sites after deliberate vandalism is a complex, difficult process, and not always possible. Thoughtless actions such as these impact the public’s ability to enjoy the spectacular scenic views we have here in Washington County.” 

“The BLM is dedicated to protecting public lands for the enjoyment of future generations,” he added. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Archaeological Resources Protection Act hotline at 800-227-7286 with any information. 

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