I recently returned from a hiking trip through some of the Southwest national parks. On several occasions I encountered warnings that it’s a felony to remove rocks (or stones) from a national park.
I’m wondering how this law is enforced. They certainly don’t have the personnel to stand around watching people. And if someone is seen putting a stone in his pocket, he can’t be accused of anything till he actually leaves the park with it. And there’s no one at the exit, checking people’s cars and luggage. And even a baggage inspector at an airport wouldn’t be able to verify where a stone is from.
So is this warning only meant as a deterrent, or is anybody ever actually found guilty of this crime?