Big Bend National Park reported that a visitor or visitors carved their names and the date in a pictograph panel of a 5,000 years old petroglyph in the park. The boulder and the engravings on it had survived millennia of punishing weather, but all it took for it to be ruined were people who had no right to ‘leave their marks.’
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Park service personnel moved as fast as they could to repair the vandalism, but according to Big Bend’s chief of interpretation and visitor services Tom VandenBerg, much of the damage is permanent.
Image credit: National Park Service