Man accused of stealing dinosaur track pleads not quilty

Published on May 01, 2014 at 01:07PM

The man accused of stealing a Jurassic era dinosaur footprint near Moab plead not guilty to federal charges Wednesday. 35-year-old Jared Ehlers of Moab reportedly dislodged a piece of sandstone with a three-toed ancient dinosaur track from the Hell’s Revenge jeep tail in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. BLM officials said the print is up to 190 million years old. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Ehlers’ attorney said Ehlers was interest in the footprint and hoped to keep it, but said he didn’t realize how serious of a mistake he made by taking it. The attorney said Elhers had no intention of selling the footprint but declined to offer further details. The footprint has not been recovered or found by authorities. Elhers is scheduled to appear in court for trial July 7.