Before the Bureau of Land Management fills a deep pit on BLM land near Parowan Gap where a dog named Buster fell last week, the local bureau’s archaeologist has requested a study.
“I proposed the project to a team immediately, but one of our archaeologists said the pit may have some cultural resource value because it may have been dug by Spanish explorers,” said BLM Minerals Specialist Ed Ginouves. “It may be a more recent issue, not historical, but he will follow up on it.”
Bill Lund with the Utah Geological Survey contacted Ginouves about the pit after Buster fell in and Iron County Search and Rescue was called to pull the dog out.
“It’s right next to a dirt road and concealed by some bushes, just waiting to swallow up an ATV,” Lund wrote to Ginouves about the incident. Initially, public safety officials thought the pit was an old mineshaft, but Ginouves, who had no prior knowledge of the pit, said surface geologic formations or mineral resurfacing did not indicate mining occurred in the area.