30 sites in Yosemite National Park vandalized with graffiti

Yosemite National Park officials are asking for help identifying those behind an incident that has seen 30 locations marked with graffiti over the past month.

Officials took to social media on Sunday, asking the public to help identify those responsible for the vandalism.

Park rangers received multiple reports of vandalism on the popular Yosemite Falls Trail around 8:15 p.m. on May 20. When rangers visited the trail the next day, they found about 30 spots sprayed with white and blue graffiti.

Most of the graffiti was about 3 feet by 3 feet, according to park officials, and some of the tags were as large as 8 feet by 8 feet.

The Yosemite Falls Trail is one of the oldest trails in the national park, built between 1873 and 1877 according to the National Park Service. The steep path winds its way up toward Upper Yosemite Falls and a direct view of Half Dome.

Under federal law, vandalism in a national park is a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 to $500 fine and/or three to six months in prison.

Park officials are urging anyone who hiked the Yosemite Falls Trail between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on May 20 to submit a tip at go.nps.gov/SubmitATip if they saw anyone tagging spray cans or has worn.

Those with additional information about the incident can also contact park officials at nps_isb@nps.gov or by phone or text at (888) 653-0009.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-13/30-sites-in-yosemite-national-park-vandalized-with-graffiti 30 sites in Yosemite National Park vandalized with graffiti

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