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Glen Taylor, father of Scott Taylor, discusses Friday his son"s exploration of lost fortune close to Delta, Utah. Associated Press, Douglas C. Pizac
DELTA — The family members of a male that claims to have actually discovered countless dollars worth of gold and also antique guns in a desert cave states he"s tired of taking care of the federal government and also plans to just leave the cache wright here he found it.

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"He"s having actually a damaging time with it," Glen Taylor told The Associated Press about his boy, Scott.

Scott Taylor, 34, has been a digital reclusage because news broke last week on two Salt Lake television stations that he allegedly stumbled throughout a shed fortune while hiking on public land also in west Utah around a month and also a fifty percent earlier.

Taylor told the television stations he found 280 gold bricks via "UNITED STATE Cavalry" stamped on each; two Civil War-era rifles; a six-shooter and dynamite.

"He is the just one who has declared to watch it and knows the place. Until he shares that through somebody, nopoint deserve to be confirmed," Bureau of Land Management spokeswomale Laura Williams shelp Friday.

The difficulty, the Taylors say, is the federal government"s unwillingness to kick over some of the profit as a finder"s fee, which they say one Brigham Young College professor estimated must be 40 percent.

"It"s not approximately us to negotiate," Williams shelp. "It"s not our gold, if it exists.

"If his story is true, and also plainly noted, we recognize who it belongs to, and also the Military deserve to take it," she shelp, adding that Scott Taylor is not returning their phones calls, either.

"We think at this point that the best point for us to do is not make a comment," shelp Army spokeswomale Martha Rudd. "It would be also theoretical. We would certainly have to know a lot more around what"s going on."

So, rather than fight this out in court, the Taylors say they will certainly let the gold sit.

Taylor couldn"t simply insurance claim the gold as a uncover, Williams shelp. "If it was ore in the ground, he"d need a mineral permit to rerelocate it. If it"s smelted into gold bars, it"s protected by ARPA," the Archaeological Reresources Protection Act.

Glen Taylor shelp his child left the cache where he found it bereason he immediately well-known its historical importance.

News of the discover spcheck out easily, and Scott Taylor moved simply as quick to prevent the spotlight.

He hasn"t been at work since the news damaged, sassist David Young, manager of the Quality Market. He"s stopped answering his phone, and also his father didn"t recognize wright here Scott was on Friday.

But simply like the Old West, people already are hot on the trail.

Penny McCann, office manager for the Delta-location Chamber of Commerce, said tourists already visit the location from as much amethod as Europe to scour the desert for rocks and fossils, and interest is definitely up since the news of Taylor"s discover.

The chamber sells around five to 10 pamphallows a week directing visitors to rock-gathering sites. In just 90 minutes Friday, she sold 12 — all, she states, to out-of-towners, many of whom asked about old gold mines.

"No one ever really asked about that before," she sassist.

The Taylor family members isn"t saying much to aid anyone find it. Scott Taylor has actually just told federal officials that he found the cave in rugged, mountainous land after driving around 2 to three hours west of town, complied with by a hike of two to three hrs.

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The uncover might be the talk of the town, however not many locals are rushing out to scour a rocky maze of rattlesnakes, scorpions and surprise mine shafts. Skepticism on these kinds of buried riches stories are organic in this Old West outshort article.

"It"s an exciting story, yet I"d have to view proof," shelp Sindy McMichael, who has actually stayed in the area around nine years. "People desire to think somepoint is out tbelow. That"s not to say there could not be, yet I haven"t watched the evidence that these things exist," said Philip Notarianni, state chronicler. "My thinking is, if somepoint did exist and also he did find somepoint, the finest method to get an firm to cooperate through him is to display proof."