National parks tally shutdown damage

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January 31, 2019 - 10:10 AM

A once-vibrant Joshua tree has been severed in half in an act of vandalism in Joshua Tree National Park in California. LOS ANGELES TIMES/GINA FERAZZI/TNS

LOS ANGELES — In Death Valley, piles of human feces and hunks of what rangers call “toilet paper flowers” were left scattered around the desert.

At Joshua Tree, officials found about 24 miles of unauthorized new trails carved into the desert landscape by off-road vehicles, along with some of the park’s namesake trees toppled.

And at Point Reyes along the Marin County coast, a colony of elephant seals made a popular beach their new home and welcomed 40 new pups into the world.

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