by Coachella Valley | May 9, 2016 4:52 pm
Death Valley National Park needs your help identifying these men who pulled over a gate, illegally drove off-road, shot at two locks and several signs, entered the closed area at Devils Hole and swam in the water. One critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish was found dead after this happened at 7:20pm on Saturday, April 30.
The National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nye County Sheriff’s Office are seeking help identifying the men involved. The OHV appeared to be a blue Yahama Rhino which had been extensively customized with an added seat and safety cage. A reward of up to $5,000 is available for information leading to arrest and conviction in this case. Tips can be reported to the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch at: 888-653-0009,
More information: https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/news/devils-hole-vandals.htm
Devils Hole–a detached unit of Death Valley National Park–is the only natural habitat of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis). The National Park Service works in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Nevada Department of Wildlife to protect the endangered Devils Hole pupfish and its habitat. There were only 115 observable pupfish in Devils Hole counted during April’s spring survey.
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