Vandalism Leaves One Endangered Devils Hole Pupfish Dead

By on May 12, 2016
Security cameras captured images of the men and their off-road vehicle involved in recent vandalism leading to the death of endangered Devils Hole pupfish. (Credit: National Park Service; Olin Feurbacher)

Authorities at Death Valley National Park are looking for any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of vandals who went skinny dipping in Devils Hole, home of the endangered Devils Hole Pupfish. The vandals appear to be three men who also were drunk and shooting guns during their incursion in the park, according to the Los Angeles Times.

During the booze-fueled mayhem, one of the vandals jumped into Devils Hole, leaving a pair of boxers floating there when he got out. Park officials found at least one dead pupfish, which they are analyzing to determine if its death can be linked to the swimmer.

In exchange for info that leads to the arrest or conviction of the vandals, a $15,000 reward is being offered. Two-thirds of that is being put up by the Center for Biological Diversity. The remaining $5,000 is being offered by the National Park Service.

Top image: Security cameras captured images of the men and their off-road vehicle involved in recent vandalism leading to the death of endangered Devils Hole pupfish. (Credit: National Park Service; Olin Feurbacher)

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