This is a big problem facing the Red Fleet State Park in Utah; The park is best known for its "Dinosaur Trail," which contains ancient traces believed to have been left by members of the dilophosaurus species over 200 million years ago in the early Jurassic period.
While some of these footprints are distinct and conspicuous, others are more difficult to notice, and many visitors do not notice them, as they disassemble sandstone slabs for stones they can throw. According to the official park website, tourists who casually tear footprint impressions so that they can skip stones have become a continuing problem.
The problem has been ramping up in the last six months and at least ten footprints have been defaced, with a high possibility that even more unregistered tracks have been lost.
In popular culture, the Dilophosaurus is known primarily as a small dinosaur in Jurassic Park that could spit acid and develop a taste for Nedry (Wayne Knight, who played Newman) on Seinfeld) in the middle of the story. In fact, it is believed that the Dilophosaurus is much larger than its counterpart – fossils say it is 7 meters long – and its acid-spitting ability and its huge unfolding frills are completely invented.
These dinosaur footprints can be between 3 and 17 inches in diameter, making it a lot easier to spot than others. According to park manager Josh Hansen, who said in an official statement:
"Some of the tracks are very different to the layman, but just as many are not, so it's important to have stones on the dinosaur -Do not disturb. "
So no one who visits Red Fleet State Park: Do not touch the sandstone. You can skip stones at any time, but we will not get dinosaur traces back if they were destroyed.