Authorities in Oregon are searching for a group of vandals who were recently caught on camera toppling an iconic natural stone formation in Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.
The famous "Duckbill" rock formation was found in pieces last week in Pacific City, Oregon, Oregon Parks and Recreation's associate director Chris Havel told ABC News.
At first, state officials thought the rock had fallen naturally, but then a video emerged of a group of people pushing the formation over.
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"They were just standing on top of the rubble of the rock, laughing, smiling, giggling," said David Kalas, who filmed the incident and sent the video to ABC affiliate KATU. "I just want them to learn a lesson you know, because if they do this here they will probably do it elsewhere."
On Sept. 1, before and after photos of the rock formation were posted to the Oregon State Parks Facebook page. The photo's caption highlighted the fragility of coastal formations.
"So this happened," the caption read. "The iconic sandstone formation at #CapeKiwanda--some called it the Duckbill--has collapsed. No one was injured, fortunately; but the rubble serves as a sobering reminder of the ever-present dangers of our fragile coastal rocks and cliffs. Who knows what will collapse next? #gravitywins #besafe."
The caption also noted that the couple standing on the rock formation were not present when it collapsed.
This post came before the department knew about the video.
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
Tuesday, the department's toned changed significantly.
"At the time it was discovered, there was no sign the formation had been vandalized," a second post on the Oregon State Parks Facebook page noted Tuesday. "Since then, media in Oregon have obtained a video apparently showing a group of visitors pushing the formation to the ground."
The post also said the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, are reviewing the video and determining the best course of action.
"The department takes vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously," the post concluded.
According to the Statesman Journal, the rock formation was located in a fenced off area because it is considered very dangerous. In the last two years, six people have died and others have been injured.
If caught, the vandals could face a fine of up to $435 for damaging the formation, Havel told the Statesman Journal.
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