Possible charges against Utah ATV protest riders

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Updated: 5/12/2014 12:23 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management has begun an investigation that could lead to charges against nearly 50 people who rode ATVs on an off-limits trail this weekend in Utah to show their displeasure with the federal government.

BLM spokeswoman Megan Crandall says the agency is working to determine who broke the law and what happened Saturday. A damage assessment of Recapture Canyon is planned.

The agency warned riders all week to stay out, vowing prosecution against those who ignore the closure. BLM law enforcement officers were there in plain clothes observing the events Saturday.

San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge says 40 to 50 ATV riders went on the trail.

U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch says her office is waiting to see what the BLM sends before commenting on possible charges.

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