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Man is banned from Yellowstone for two years and fined $1,200 for trying to cook two chickens in a hot spring using a burlap sack and cooking pots

 A Idaho Falls man has been banned from Yellowstone and fined $1,200 for trying to cook two chickens in hot spring using a burlap sack and his cooking pots. 

The unidentified hiker was found with a group of 10 friends, including a child, by a ranger at the Shoshone Geyser Basin on August 7. 

He was cited for foot travel in a thermal area, along with two others. He was also charged with violating closures and use limits. 

The man was appeared in a Mammoth Hot Springs court on September 10 where he pleaded guilty, EastIdahoNews.com reports. 

The unidentified hiker was found with a group of 10 friends, including a child, by a ranger at the Shoshone Geyser Basin, pictured, on August 7

The unidentified hiker was found with a group of 10 friends, including a child, by a ranger at the Shoshone Geyser Basin, pictured, on August 7

He was ordered to pay $600 fine for each charge and banned from the national park for two years, during which time he will be under unsupervised probation.  

Park spokesperson Morgan Warthin said: 'On August 7, a ranger received reports of a group hiking with 'cooking pots' towards Shoshone Geyser basin.

'A ranger responded and found two whole chickens in a burlap sack in a hot spring. A cooking pot was also found nearby. A group of 10, including one minor, was contacted.

'Three people received citations for foot travel in a thermal area. One of them was additionally charged with a mandatory court appearance.' 


Throwing anything into thermal features, which can reach temperatures are 143 degrees F on average, is prohibited a the Yellowstone National Park, pictured

Throwing anything into thermal features, which can reach temperatures are 143 degrees F on average, is prohibited a the Yellowstone National Park, pictured 

The Yellowstone National Park website tells visitors to 'stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas', adding: 'Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature.'

Throwing anything into thermal features, which can reach temperatures are 143 degrees F on average, is also prohibited. 

In October a three-year-old was injured after going into the waters; in 2016 Colin Scott, 23, died after getting into one of the geothermal vents.  

In 2001 a TV crew were reprimanded after trying to use the natural heat to barbecue. 

2 comments:

  1. How did the chicken turn out? Did they have potatoes in another bag? This gives new meaning to the phrase "You ain't no spring chicken".

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  2. I've never been to Yellowstone but am wondering if they have signs posted not to do these things. I think the fines are extremely excessive. They didn't hurt anyone or anything. The only ones they could have hurt are themselves. I'm sure people used those vents to cook stuff before the gov't stole it all.

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