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Boulder that disappeared from forest in Arizona is returned

Posted at 3:45 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 17:45:34-05

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - A boulder that mysteriously disappeared two weeks ago from a national forest in Arizona is back, and forest officials aren't asking any questions.

Prescott National Forest officials said a forest employee on patrol Friday noticed that the 1-ton (1-metric ton) boulder dubbed "Wizard Rock" had been returned to a site along State Route 89 south of Prescott.

The much-admired boulder is black with streaks of white quartz running through it.

District Ranger Sarah Clawson said forest officials were thrilled that the rock was returned and "grateful that whoever took it was conscientious enough to give it back to the public"

According to forest officials, it would have required heavy equipment to move the boulder.

Permits are required to gather and remove most forest products, including rocks, plants and trees.