Sheriff: $500 reward to solve case of fake Bears Ears signs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A southern Utah sheriff is offering a $500 reward to help solve the case of fake signs being put up near new Bears Ears National Monument that suggest visitors must pay an entrance fee.

The Deseret News reports ( that San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge says no crime has been committed, but he wants to find whoever is stirring things up.

The 30 signs found at trailheads and trees erroneously say visitors must pay $100 before entering and that there's no hunting, wood cutting or ATVs allowed. Hunting will still be managed by state officials and wood gathering is permitted. ATVs are allowed on designated routes.

Former President Barack Obama's December designation of the monument on 1.3 million acres of sacred tribal land set off a flurry of criticism from Utah's Republican leaders and many residents.


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