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Location: Oregon, USA         Length: 4 min

Vandals in 2011 tagged the walls of an Oregon mountain cave, obscuring Native American rock art drawn on the walls many centuries ago. At the time of this video, authorities of the USDA Forest Service were looking for the perpetrators and the Oregon High Desert Grotto organization was offering a cash reward for their apprehension. That same year, the vandals were caught and prosecuted. Funded by restitution paid by the vandals, cleanup of the spray paint took place in 2013, but some visible effects remain on the cave walls.

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Produced in 2011 by Oregon High Desert Grotto

Copyright 2011 by Oregon High Desert Grotto

Special thanks to Brent McGregor of the Oregon High Desert Grotto

The Desecration of Hidden Forest Cave: Vandals hit one of the region’s most treasured caverns (The Source Weekly)

Graffiti cleanup complete at Hidden Forest Cave (Journal Broadcast Group)

Forest Service: Cave Vandals Caught (OPB)

Oregon High Desert Grotto