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Vandalism at Hidden Cave causes concern

FALLON, Nev. -- Vandalism at a Nevada archaeological site that specifically named a public official has police concerned.

The damage is not just physical. Officials are disgusted at what happened here at Hidden Cave about two weeks ago. When vandals took to the historical archaeological site with spray paint, causing $10,000 in damage both outside and inside the caves.

The cave teaches visitors and archaeologists how inhabitants of this area lived thousands of years ago. It is a rare national site that has preserved our human history.

BLM Archaeologist Jason Wright said to see it defaced is outrageous. "It's horrible. It's absolutely disgusting to know that there's insensitivity and uneducation about the significance of this cave. That's why we have hear interpretation sites and we provide tours to educate the public. So they understand the importance of these archaeological values."

Unfortunately because of this crime, these public tours have been suspended until at least April, when teams and volunteers can clean up the vandalism. The criminals can face felony charges leading to 10 years of prison for defacing federal public land.