(This story is a few days old, so many of you may have already read it, but I could not let this event happen without posting about it.)
On Halloween this year, the BLM received a very unsettling call – while hiking in the Volcanic Tableland area near Bishop, California, visitors had discovered that many 3500(+) year old petroglyphs had been vandalized. This was not your “usual” act of vandalism seen on public land – where people etch or paint on the petroglyphs. In this case, the felons physically stole four petroglyphs by hacking them away (with power saws that required generators!) from the rock face. During the theft, the perpetrators also defaced an additional petroglyphs with saw marks, broke a removed petroglyph in the process of stealing it, and scarred many others with hammer strikes. According to BLM, archaeologists this is the worst act of vandalism seen on any BLM land.