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Rock Toppling Boy Scout Leader Responds to Death Threats: 'Lives Are More Important Than This Rock'

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Three Boy Scout leaders are receiving death threats after a film of them knocking over a 170 million year old rock formation in a Utah state park went viral.

The three men, Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor, and Dylan Taylor are now facing felony charges for the damage they did to the “goblin” rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park. Hall says he has received more than 100 death threats after the video was posted to Youtube.

“I’ve got over 100 death threats on the Internet already,” said Hall. “I’ve got people all over the world telling me they are going to kill me because I made the decision that lives are more important than this rock staying here a few more hours.”

In the video the men celebrate after toppling the rock. They claim the formation was dangerous and could topple over on a visitor, but admitted they should have spoken with a park ranger first.

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Park officials say there was no danger.

“This has been formed for literally millions of years, and it’s supposed to last for a long time,” Utah State Parks spokesman Eugene Swalberg told the Deseret News. “It doesn’t need individuals doing the work of Mother Nature.”

“I think we made the right decision, but probably the wrong method,” Hall told the Salt Lake Tribune. “We take full responsibility for whatever mistake we made, and we’re open to whatever that means from the state, from the Boy Scouts’ office, etc.”

"It is not only wrong, but there will be consequences," said Swalberg. "This is highly, highly inappropriate. This is not what you do at state parks. It’s disturbing and upsetting."

The Boy Scouts of America condemned the actions of the three leaders. Conservation and preservation of natural resources is part of the scouts code.

“We are shocked and disappointed by this reprehensible behavior,” said Boy Scouts spokesman Deron Smith.

“The isolated actions of these individuals are absolutely counter to our beliefs and what we teach,” he added. “We are reviewing this matter and will take appropriate action.”

"Too bad the bounder didn't fall back the other way," a commenter wrote on Youtube, "one less moron in the world."

Sources: Raw Story, TheBlaze