Lo­cal cap­tures video of man de­fac­ing Hoodoos

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A lo­cal woman has turned footage of a man etch­ing words into the Hoodoos to the RCMP to in­ves­ti­gate.

Paula Peake told The Mail she was at the Hoodoos at about 1 p.m. with her fam­ily Thurs­day, Au­gust 3, when she wit­nessed a man en­grav­ing let­ters on the site. She filmed the in­ci­dent with her smart­phone and fol­lowed the man and his party to their ve­hi­cles when they left.

“If noth­ing is done, it in­vites oth­ers to do the same,” Peake stated.

The man in­scribed the word Met­ten into the site.

Peake said she re­ported the in­ci­dent once she was home and had cell ser­vice.

She also posted the short video on so­cial me­dia where it was met with strong re­ac­tions.

This is not the first time an in­ci­dent like this has hap­pened. In 2011 The Mail re­ported that a Cal­gary man re­ceived a $1,000 fine from Judge Grieve for etch­ing the word Columbia in the hoodoo. He too was ob­served by a civil­ian who passed the in­forma- tion on to the po­lice.

The Hoodoos are pro­tected un­der the Al­berta His­tor­i­cal Re­sources Act and a vi­o­la­tion of the act can re­sult in up to $50,000 in fines.

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Paula Peake cap­tured a video of a man scratch­ing a word into the Hoodoo site last Thurs­day, Au­gust 3. She con­fronted the man and then turned the footage over to the Drumheller RCMP. The Hoodoos are pro­tected by the Al­berta His­tor­i­cal Re­sources Act.

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