BLM Investigating Vandalism at Historic Cave

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FALLON, Nev. (AP) - Federal officials are putting up a $1,000 reward after someone spray-painted phrases including "I love Rachael" at an archaeological site east of Fallon.

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management say graffiti was found inside and outside of Hidden Cave. Thousands of artifacts have been found at the cave, which archaeologists say was used by humans from 800 to 5,000 years ago.

Authorities say they've also found bullet holes in the informational kiosk and damage to interpretive sites and lighting.

BLM archaeologist Jason Wright says this is the first instance of modern vandalism to the cave. He said the act is a felony crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and is also "most disrespectful."

Public tours to Hidden Cave are temporarily suspended while law enforcement investigates.