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Canadian Charged With Spray Painting Names Over Famous Rock Outcrop In Grand Canyon National Park


A Canadian visiting Grand Canyon National Park has been charged with spray painting his name in red on a rock outcrop known as 'Duck on a Rock' on the South Rim, and for littering by tossing the spray paint can into the canyon. NPS file photo of the outcrop by Michael Quinn.

A Canadian man, reportedly hoping to impress his children 20 years from now, spray-painted part of his name on a famous rock outcrop at Grand Canyon National Park, according to the ranger who interviewed him.

When asked by Ranger David Robinson why he had defaced the 'Duck on a Rock' outcrop on the South Rim, Lucien Lionel Chenier, of Ottawa, Ontario, "stated that, 'it was so special that if he left his name then his kids would be able to see it 20 years from now,'" according to a complaint the ranger filed with U.S. District Court officials.

Mr. Chenier used red spray paint to spell "LUCI" on the feature, which is located between Grandview and Yaki points on the South Rim just of East Rim Drive, according to the complaint.

A National Geographic tour leader described Mr. Chenier to the ranger when he arrived on the scene about 6 p.m. Monday after he received a report of the vandalism.

"The tour leader pointed out spray paint on the rock, which I could clearly read as 'LUCI' in bright red spray paint," Ranger Robinson wrote in the complaint. "I observed a male matching her description as the vandal walking towards me from the direction of Duck on a Rock. I made contact with the man and asked where he had been. He replied by pointing down at the rock where the red spray paint was visible."

Furthermore, the man reportedly told the ranger that he threw the spray paint can into the canyon. The complaint cited two criminal counts: one of damaging U.S. property in an amount in excess of $1,000, and a second for disposing "of refuse in other than a refuse receptacle..."

"Chenier admitted that he spray painted the letters 'LUCI' in red spray paint on the Duck on a Rock Feature. Chenier told me that he intended to write his full first name, Lucien," the ranger wrote. "He stopped only because the tour leader and bystanders started yelling at him.

The Duck on the Rock overlook "is one of the original parts of the original East Rim Drive and was one of the first carriage stops for tours in the 1930s when traveling from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View," Ranger Robinson noted in his complaint. "The Duck on a Rock feature is known as one of the more photographed geological features along the South Rim."

Removing "LUCI" from the rock feature will cost an estimated $8,000, the ranger noted after the park's cultural resource experts, who specialize in preservation of cultural and natural resources, examined the damage, the complaint said.

"The location of the damage complicates the removal, as a restoration team will have to work from a high angle with ropes and safety mechanims, which adds to the cost of removal," it added.


I totally agree with all the comments about this clown, however I hike in the Grand Canyon several times a week, and I carry a squirt bottle of water and a stiff brush to clean off the rocks EVERY time I go hiking.  Fortunately it is not spray paint, but too many people deem it necessary to write names, hearts, or even obscenities on the Canyon walls.  Some of the panels are so complex or so numerous that I know it took the criminal a long time, and someone saw it.  Did anyone say anything?  If you saw it, would you say anything?

Crucifixion is too good for this clown.

I would think that he should incur all costs of removing his names. I'd attach a lien to his property, also his paychecks if that's what it took. It's obvious he planned this ahead of time --spray paint isn't the type of thing sold in the gift shop in the Grand Canyon. What's appalling is that he travels with a bunch --who obviously thought that this kind of behavior was okay --a real lack of appreciation of the natural beauty of things. It's not unreasonable to guess that  "LUCI" might have defiled other properties with spray paint -- both here on his spree, and in Canada. Tossing this guy off the edge would be doing all North Americans a great favor.

Okay, it is "bigoted" to call a French-Canadian a "frog", not "racist". A distinction without a difference.  When folks from the same country that carpet-bombed and napalmed three-quarters of Indochina start talking about respect for national treasures and landscapes, I get all teary-eyed, er, make that nauseated.  You are a country that seems to relish the buggy whip treatment for everything that crawls, er, make that breaks the law. But next time your in Quebec, remember that the Battle of the Plains of Abraham is one our most istorical landscapes and tht we paid hummage to your 32nd presidente when we name it for her. Vive le president Abrahamm R. Linconne.

Just vandalism and refuse disposal charges?   The attorney generalʻs office isnʻt trying hard enough.  Terrorism is a possibility.

You must be about 6 years old to have the "it's no big deal" attitude. This moron defaced a part of our AMERICAN heritage. But then, "Oh boy, I'm going to go down in history for this. Pat me on the back KIDS" .papHe's one sick puppy!!!

Comments about the utter obsurdity and criminal nature of the act are neither racist or anti canadian.  Just comments about a thoughtless and selfish individual who could have hailed from most any place on the planet.  We need to keep up our outrage against such ignorant and/or stupid folk.  It is OUR world.  Borders are just lines on a map.      and, what is a frog, anyway??

If you looked up the word STUPID in the dictionary, this idiot's picture would be there.

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