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UPDATE: Instagram photo shows vandalism in Kane Canyon near Moab

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Instagram photo appears to show vandalism at San Rafael Swell in south-central Utah. (Photo: Screenshot from Instagram from Andrew Jensen)

(UPDATE 3/10/19 7:44 p.m.) -- Mateo Ianotta, the man who posted the picture of the vandalism on his Instagram page, has posted a video explaining the situation on his Instagram.

You can watch it here:

(UPDATE 3/10/19 7:06 p.m.) -- A Salt Lake City-based photographer has contacted 2News with more information about this incident.

Justin McBride tells 2News he was hired to be part of the photo shoot involving three YouTubers, including Mateo Ianotti, the man accused of vandalizing the red rocks in Kane Canyon near Moab last weekend.

All of three of these YouTubers use CBI Off Road Fabrication products on their vehicles.

CBI is the company that hired McBride.

According to McBride, CBI is one of many components that these off-roaders put on their trucks and the company had nothing to do with the incident.

As part of the shoot, he had obtained a permit to shoot in the San Rafael Swell.

McBride says his role was to be a “shadow on the wall for these influencers” and to create content for CBI.

There was snow in the Swell when the groups arrived.

The YouTubers involved didn’t want to ride and film this area because of the conditions, and because they believed their audience would prefer content from Moab.

He continued on with them to Moab on March 2nd where he camped, and then parted ways with the group.

Other than a couple of hours in the Swell on the 2nd, they did not ride together in Moab, McBride says.

Due to permit restrictions, McBride did not film in Moab and, after camping, left for Salt Lake City.

As a result, McBride was unable to get content for CBI.

The YouTubers were filming for non-commercial use and continued to film in Moab after McBride’s departure.

He verified what Mateo Ianotti had shared; namely that the vandalism did not take place in the Swell, that it took place in Moab.

Meanwhile, CBI Offroad has issued the following statement to 2News:

We at CBI Offroad Fab believe strongly in abiding by a strict code of conduct and ethics while off-roading; we subscribe to the conventions of Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace Behind. We would like to make our statement public as supporting the integrity of trails and the overall health of the natural condition around us.
It has been brought to our attention that while on a trip through Moab, Utah over the weekend of March 3rd, one of our dealers was involved in an activity that violated these strict beliefs. Concerning this incident involving the defacing of public lands, we were in no way involved. We want to set in stone our stance that we do not support or condone any activity that causes harm to the trail or that can cast a negative shadow over the off-road community as a whole.
Being as involved in the off-road community as we are, we understand the difficulties associated with keeping these delicate trails open. We all hold the responsibility as recreational travelers to “leave it better than we found it”. We do not excuse the behavior of defacement or vandalism in any way and want to set a precedence of respect for all public and private lands.

(UPDATE 3/10/19 6:01 p.m.) -- The man accused of carving his company's hashtag "TCM BST" into rocks at San Rafael Swell says it actually happened near Moab in Kane Canyon.

Mateo Ionatti admitted someone in his crew carved the initials in the red rock in Kane Canyon, but wouldn't say who did the vandalism.

2News also talked with a photographer from the shoot who also confirmed it happened in Kane Canyon near Moab, not the San Rafael Swell.

Ionatti sent 2News the following video of his team in Kane Canyon to verify they were there.

The original story published by 2News with information that the vandalism was in San Rafael Swell is published below.

(KUTV) -- The monumental swell of sedimentary rock in south-central Utah, San Rafael Swell, is vandalized according to a viewer who saw photos of the vandalism on Instagram.

Viewer Andrew Jensen reached out to 2News, stating he is unaware of the exact location of the graffiti, but says it happened within the last week.

Jensen recognized the Instagram user’s company initials “TCM BST” were carved into the historic rock pictured below.

The same letters are also seen in the user’s hashtag of his post.

Various photos of the Instagram user, Mateo Ianotti (@mateo.ianotti), and the associated vandalism were sent to KUTV courtesy of Jensen.

Ianotti's Instagram page says he's the founder and owner of Tacoma Beast.

San Rafael Swell is located about 30 miles west of Green River, Utah, and just north of Canyonlands National Park.

The vandalism is detrimental due to the fact that San Rafael is a renown mound of limestone, shale, and sandstone pushed up from the the Cretaceous Period-- about 65 million years ago.

It is known for its dome-like shape made from the rocks below pushing up into an “anticline,” described as “a series of blankets draped over rock.”

The swell’s features are said to be similar to the the topical climate of Mars.

If you have any information regarding the vandalism, you are asked to please call Emery County Sheriff Office at (435) 381-2404.


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