It has been a rocky few months for Yellowstone National Park officials. Last month, two tourists put a baby bison in their car trunk because it “looked cold” and then just last week, a man died after falling into a hot spring.
And now they have to deal with thirsty Chinese tourists as well.
On Tuesday, a Chinese tourist was fined $1,000 (6,589 RMB) for walking off the designated route and onto the terrace formations near Liberty Cap, a dormant, 37-foot high hot spring cone located in the northern portion of Mammoth Hot Springs.
Another visitor spotted the unnamed tourist breaking through the travertine crust — fragile white limestone deposited from mineral springs. Furthermore, the man admitted to collecting water from the hot springs, park officials said in a press release.
The National Park Service launched an investigation and found that the individual did not read the provided safety instructions. Shocking! Looks like US authorities need a more effective method of reminding tourists to mind their manners. How about creating some pamphlets?
In addition to paying a fine, a mandatory appearance in the Yellowstone Justice Center Court is required for off-boardwalk travel. Also, it is a violation of federal regulations to collect park resources.
Officials warned, “Without visitor cooperation, park natural wonders will continue to be damaged and more individuals may be injured or killed.” Seems like the repercussions for taking water from a shrine in Japan are far less serious.
By Sarah Lin
[Images via NPS]