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Vandalism at Cape Kiwanda Destroys Duckbill Formation

Vandals crossed a fence put there for safety, and then destroyed the landmark.

Duckbill sand structure
A sand structure on the Oregon coast has been demolished by vandals.

(PACIFIC CITY, Ore.) - A natural rock formation at Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area was found in pieces last week. The park is on the Oregon coast in southern Tillamook County.

The sandstone pedestal, known locally as the duckbill and roughly 7-10' across, was located in an area of the park fenced off for safety.

At the time it was discovered, there was no sign the formation had been vandalized. Since then, media in Oregon have obtained a video apparently showing a group of visitors pushing the formation to the ground (see below).

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Oregon State Police, will review the incident immediately and decide how best to respond. The department takes vandalism of a state park's natural features seriously.


Courtesy: KGW/David Kalas

Source: Oregon Dept of Parks and Rec; KGW


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