Opponents of Bears Ears monument blame badgers for looting and grave robbing

Jun 16, 2016

By Center for Western Priorities

Faced with overwhelming proof that archaeological sites in Utah’s Bears Ears region are being raided and destroyed by looters, vandals, and grave robbers, people opposed to protecting the area’s cultural heritage have a new explanation: badgers.

Utah state Representative Mike Noel floated the theory to the Salt Lake Tribune today:

“There is no fresh digging. All we can see today are badger holes. We have to get a handle on these badgers because those little suckers are going down and digging up artifacts and sticking them in their holes.”