Conservationists Double down on Reward for Petroglyph Vandals
Georgetown, Calif. A $1,000 reward offered by the Bureau of Land Management for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who carted off or defaced several ancient petroglyphs near Bishop has been doubled, with the offer of an additional $1,000 by the Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation (CSNC).
The petroglyphs, likely carved by ancient hunters into the red tufa of the volcanic tablelands near Bishop, are estimated to be from four to ten thousand years old. The vandalism was discovered by visitors and reported to BLM’s Bishop Field Office on October 31. The petroglyphs are located adjacent to public roadways and therefore extremely vulnerable. BLM, with its tightening budgets, has relied on the public stewardship to protect the sites.
“Those who did this terrible thing must face consequences, and serious consequences,” said CSNC President Karen Schambach, when announcing the reward. “Heritage sites like this are scattered, unprotected, throughout California, and the penalties for such destruction must be severe if we are going to discourage wanton vandalism such as this.”