CASPER, Wyo. — The Utah Department of Public Safety said on Monday that an unusual object was located in the desert in the southeast part of the state on Nov. 18.
A helicopter survey of big horn sheep in the region was being carried out by the Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources when the object was spotted.
“While on this mission, they spotted an unusual object and landed nearby to investigate further,” the department said. “The crew members found a metal monolith installed in the ground in a remote area of red rock.”
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“The crew said there was no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.”
The object resembles the monolith seen in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The Utah Department of Public Safety said they are not revealing the exact location of where the monolith was installed.
“It is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue,” the department said. “We are encouraging anyone who knows the location of the monolith to not attempt to visit it due to road conditions.”
The Bureau of Land Management Utah said on Tuesday that it is illegal to place installations on public land without authorization.
“Although we can’t comment on active investigations, the Bureau of Land Management would like to remind public land visitors that using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from,” the BLM said.