The feds can't quite figure out what to do with graffiti on a rock in the Indian Peak Wilderness near the Fourth of July campground.
The usual methods for clearing are prohibited because it's a wilderness area (e.g., chemicals, sandblasting, etc.).
Read about the quandary.
The grafitti should be removed as soon as possible. Otherwise, when other people encounter the grafitti, some may be encouraged to add their own grafitti as well. This is similar to the "broken window" syndrome - a broken window that remains in a building encourages other windows to be broken, but if that window is fixed promptly, then it is less likely that other windows will be broken.
For example, at one time New York City train and subway cars were noted for being covered completely with grafitti, because the presence of grafitti on train cars encouraged others to add their own, and vandals who painted the grafitti could look back and see the results of their destructive actions for a long time. When the authorities decided to clean up the cars and made a concerted effort to remove grafitti as soon as it was applied, the occurrences of new grafitti declined. Vandals saw that their "works of art" disappeared soon after they applied them, and thus they became discouraged and consequently less likely to add new grafitti. This discouraged other vandals as well. Therefore, subway cars remained clean and free of grafitti.
People should be on the lookout for vandals who commit such destructive acts, not only in Wilderness Areas but anywhere on public and private property. These people should be arrested, convicted, and given harsh punishment.