LAS VEGAS (NEWSnet/AP) — A monolith found in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas has been taken down by authorities.

“It remains unknown how the item got to its location or who might be responsible,” Las Vegas police said Friday in a series of posts on X announcing removal of the 6-foot-4 rectangular prism.

It was removed because it was place illegally on federal land managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and due to concern over public safety and the land.

Members of the police department encountered the object last weekend near Gass Peak, part of Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

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