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Grand Canyon ‘love locks’ put wildlife in danger, park says

“Love locks” – padlocks snapped onto fences and barriers at breathtaking locations by couples to symbolize the permanence of their bond – are apparently a threat to wildlife, per a social media post from staff at Grand Canyon National Park

“Love is strong, but our bolt cutters are stronger,” park staff wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. “People think putting a lock on fencing at viewpoints is a great way to show love for another person. It’s not. Leaving padlocks is littering and a form of graffiti.”

Typically, lovers will throw the padlock’s key into the river or gorge behind the fence where they affix their lock – in this case the Grand Canyon. However, this step in the popular ritual is especially dangerous, park staff wrote. 

California condors are among the most endangered birds in the world, per the Arizona Game & Fish Department. They were placed on the endangered species list in 1967 and reintroduced in Arizona as a provision of the Endangered Species Act. In 1982, only 22 of the condors remained worldwide; in 2022, per the Grand Canyon National Park website, 92 inhabited the skies of Arizona and Utah.

More than 500 are currently living as a result of repopulation efforts, according to the American Bird Conservancy

Christina Coulter is a U.S. and World reporter for Fox News Digital. Email story tips to christina.coulter@fox.com.

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