‘Trench of human feces’ found near Malheur artifacts

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A stream meanders through a portion of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge outside of Burns, Ore., that is closed to the public Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The headquarters buildings at the refuge, near the trees in the distance, were taken over by armed protesters for 41 days. The FBI allowed a group of reporters to […]

BURNS, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge discovered firearms, explosives, spoiled food and a trench of human feces since the occupation ended, federal prosecutors said.

The FBI’s Evidence Response Team will process 24 structures at the site. The investigation will take around 21 days to complete, according to court documents.

Living quarters at the refuge reportedly have “large food stores that are spoiling” and “significant amounts of human feces in and around an outdoor camping area.”

Occupiers reportedly set up their outdoor camping area on or adjacent to sensitive cultural sites, federal prosecutors said. They are accused of excavating 2 large trenches and an improvised road on grounds containing sensitive artifacts.

At least one of the trenches contains human feces, court documents show.

Firearms and explosives were found on the property. The FBI says it is concerned cars and buildings may be booby trapped.

The FBI’s Art Crime Team is conducting an archaeological field assessment to find any violations of the Native American Graves and Repatriation Protection Act (NAGPRA) and the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA).

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