Local captures video of man defacing Hoodoos
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.
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.