Lincoln Caverns formation damaged, suspect unknown

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HUNTINGDON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State police and staff members at Lincoln Caverns are looking for the person who is responsible for destroying a formation in the cave over the weekend.

It’s reported that one of the columns in Whisper Rocks was broken by a visitor Sunday, June 6, in the afternoon.

Interpretive cave guide Ashley Stuber says she was giving a tour when she found the formation.

According to Stuber, the structure had originally been hanging at arms reach, but now had been laid down on a ledge.

“It was definitely high up enough, and placed somewhere else enough, that someone intentionally broke it,” said cave guide Leigh Deforrest.

Intentional, despite Lincoln Caverns strict rules.

“It’s the first rule we give every time, every tour. Before we even leave the gift shop we give rules and the biggest one is absolutely no touching of any formations,” said Deforrest.

Officials say they want to make the public aware that an act such as this is punishable by law.

“Even the entrance is marked with signs to remind people of the Pennsylvania Cave Protection Law,” adds Deforrest.

Formations are irreplaceable, and every guest is educated about cave conservation before each tour, officials said.

“Honestly my heart dropped because I know how long it takes for these formations to grow. It takes between 120 and 500 years for the size of a cubic inch to form,” said Deforrest.

An award is being offered to anyone with information. You can call Lincoln Caverns at 814-643-0268 or by messaging them on Facebook.

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