The two men who police say set two booby traps near a popular trail in Provo Canyon told authorities their intended targets were animals, not people.
"We don't buy that," Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon said. "It's a shelter near a trail. It's built by people, used by people, and [the booby traps] were placed in entrances used by people."
Authorities say Benjamin Steven Rutkowski, 19, of Orem, and Kai Matthew Christensen, 21, of Provo, admitted that they placed two booby traps around a man-made shelter near Big Springs trailhead. A Forest Service officer was patrolling the area on April 16 when he noticed a trip wire near the fort-like shelter. He investigated and found the wire led to a device consisting of a large rock and sharpened sticks, held together by rope.