Could Cape Kiwanda vandals face legal penalties?

Oregon State Parks & Rec official grateful no one was injured

A group of vandals destroyed "duckbill rock" at Cape Kiwanda. (Thomas Shahan via Creative Commons)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A top official with Oregon State Parks and Recreation tells KOIN 6 News the people who destroyed an iconic rock formation at Cape Kiwanda could face penalties, if they’re caught.

“This sort of thing? It’s very rare,” Chris Havel said about the rock-toppling incident that was captured on cellphone video over the weekend.

A group of young people shown pushing over a sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda. (David Kalas)
A group of people shown pushing over a sandstone pedestal at Cape Kiwanda. (David Kalas)

Thousands of people flock to the Oregon Coast every year to take in the sights.

“Sandstone is beautiful,” Havel said. “But that beauty is very fragile and you could very easily end up in the ocean, in the moment, and you could die.”

Six people have died at Cape Kiwanda in the past 9 months. But warning signs posted around the spot don’t always stop people from accessing areas closed to the public.

David Kalas said he and a friend were shooting a YouTube video over the weekend when they saw a group of people pushing “duckbill rock” until it toppled over.

The people responsible for the act of vandalism could face fines and a possible lifetime ban from all Oregon State Parks, according to attorney Kevin Sali.

And, although unlikely, Sali said there could even be serious legal repercussions.

“The most serious criminal mischief could be a felony,” he explained.

Havel said he’s grateful nobody was injured during the incident.

KOIN 6 News learned Oregon State Police are close to catching the people responsible for pushing “duckbill rock” over, thanks largely to the cellphone video.

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