Oregon Trail damage a "significant loss of history"

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials say a portion of the Oregon Trail in south-central Idaho near Burley has been damaged by individuals using metal detectors and shovels illegally searching for artifacts.

The Bureau of Land Management says it recently found about 400 holes over several miles of the trail listed on the National Register of Historic Places and protected under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979.

Officials say they found the holes along pristine wagon ruts made in the 1800s through the dirt and sagebrush.

Archaeologist Suzann Henrikson says the damage has resulted in a significant loss of history for the American public.

The BLM is seeking information on who did the digging.

Henrikson says digging in an archaeological site on public land can lead to felony charges.