A case of vandalism at the famous Hoodoos east of Rosedale this week is going viral on the Internet.

Paula Peake took video of a tourist scratching the word 'METTEN' into one of the rock columns that have been formed by natural erosion over the centuries.

"I was really mad that he was defacing something," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "Other people were trying to get his attention, get him to stop, and he just looked at people, kind of glared at them and just kept on going. He didn't care that people were telling him to stop."

"He knew what I was doing when I took his picture: I literally walked up to him and said 'you know, what you did is illegal (and) I am taking this to the police," she continued. "He just looked at me like 'go ahead, bring it in."

Peake notes the Hoodoos are an internationally recognized heritage site and wonders if the culprit would want tourists vandalizing heritage attractions in his home country.

She also wonders at the reaction of some local people to her social media post.

"I've been attacked by a few people saying that instead of taking a video I should have jumped on him," she related. "Yeah, I'm going to take a chance on breaking a hip to engage with a man who did not look the least bit friendly."

She took copies of the video, photos of the vandal and the damage to the RCMP, who have launched an investigation.

 

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