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Native American petroglyph vandalized at Catalina State Park

Last month, a boulder bearing a Native American petroglyph was rolled over and vegetation destroyed at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. Federal authorities are investigating.

A large rock with rock carvings was disturbed between Jan. 9 and 21, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said. The damage to the archaeological site was discovered by park staff and a volunteer with the Arizona Site Stewards.

"Vegetation near the boulder was also damaged, including uprooted cacti and cut or broken tree limbs," said Heidi Schewel in a news release Tuesday.

The state park is sited on federal land, and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations officials are asking the public to contact them with information about the incident, Schewel said. Anyone with info about the vandalism should call the Coronado National Forest Supervisor's Office at 520-388-8300, she said.

Officials "encourage all visitors to enjoy outings to their public lands and any historical and archaeological remains they may encounter, but to leave all artifacts and objects in place where they are found and to not disturb the ground or vegetation," she said. "This ensures that all visitors can experience the excitement of encountering remnants of the past, while also helping land managers attain their goals, which include the protection and preservation of Native American sacred and cultural resources."

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Feb 10, 2016, 7:11 am
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This incident, the saguaro destruction recently, are clear evidence that sub-humans walk among us.

Feb 9, 2016, 10:08 pm
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I say again, what is wrong with people?

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