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According to Live Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science January 10, 2019 at 01:56PM.)
(Cover Iamge)Joshua Trees are beautiful, but humans can be pretty awful.
That’s what park rangers learned during the first week or so of the partial government shutdown.
Joshua Tree National Park is about the size of Delaware, but only eight law-enforcement rangers were tasked with protecting the 1,238 square mile (3,207 square kilometers) wonderland during the shutdown.
The result? Visitors did not play by the rules, cutting illegal roads, chopping down the park’s most famous occupants — the Joshua trees — and damaging federal property, according to the nonprofit National Parks Traveler.
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