Man Charged With Dino Footprint Theft

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A man is in deep trouble after allegedly taking a 190 million-year-old dinosaur footprint from a Utah national park.

A man is in deep trouble after allegedly taking a 190 million-year-old dinosaur footprint from a Utah national park.

Jared Ehlers, 35, is accused of digging the Jurassic Period fossilized track out of the ground on the Hell’s Revenge Trail, located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area.

Now, he’s facing a 20-year prison sentence.

On February 18th a tour guide was the first to notice that the footprint had been pried from the earth.

The search since hasn’t turned up the fossil itself, but did result in the identification and indictment of Ehlers.

It’s been rumored that after it was taken, the print was thrown into a nearby river.

However, an underwater search failed to produce the piece.

The community banded together to aid in its recovery and has currently collected a 7 thousand dollar reward.

What the footprint is actually worth is undetermined.

A paleontologist working for the Utah Bureau of Land Management pointed out that objects like the dino track are one-of-a-kind and aren’t typically assigned a monetary value.

Ehlers has not responded to numerous requests for a comment on the indictment.

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