This Summer has seen record numbers of people ‘getting away from it all’ in the outdoors and visiting National Parks. Yellowstone saw its all-time maximum of 1 million visitors in July, and Zion National Park had a bizarre situation where people waited in queues for up to 4 hours for a basic hike! Some of these places are implementing innovative measures to combat the strain on nature, including designated selfie stations.
According to a press release from the National Park Service, a 72-year-old unnamed woman from California has been gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. They say she got within 10ft of the animal “multiple times” in order to try to shoot a photo of it.
There is no news on the woman’s condition, but they say she sustained “multiple goring wounds”. After rangers provided immediate medical assistance, she was flown via helicopter to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Centre.
Drone manufacturer Skydio recently published footage of a person gliding on rollerblades at Yellowstone’s West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk. Using a drone is illegal in national parks, so the footage put the California-based company under investigation. What’s more, inline skating on national park boardwalks is forbidden too, so this aerial footage sparked tons of negative comments online.
Taking photos and videos on vacation is what we all do, and it’s totally okay. But when you start ignoring signs and destroy the nature just to get more likes on Instagram, it becomes unacceptable. Recently, a group of tourists in Yellowstone National Park ignored all the warnings and gathered around a thermal feature to take photos.
Not only they walked all around the restricted area, but they even stuck their fingers i the water. All this doesn’t only damage the park, but it puts them in danger of hurting themselves, too. One of the visitors filmed them and warned them not to do it. While a part of them stepped away, some of them stayed persistent in sticking their fingers in the water and taking family snapshots.
The stupidity of people who want to get attention on social media constantly evolves, and it has just reached a new level. One Instagram user made his dog stand on the edge of a boiling hot spring in Yellowstone National Park only to show off some photos and videos. He filmed himself and his dog with a drone, and the dog was running around off leash, dangerously near the hot thermal pools.
Not only did the guy break all the possible Yellowstone’s rules regarding pets, but he also got his dog in danger. The community reacted fiercely, and how can they not. One wrong step and the dog could have got plunged in boiling hot water.
The remaining three of four filmmakers who decided to ignore signs and trample the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, last year have now been sentenced. The incident happened in July 2016. In November, one of the four, Hamish McNab Campbell Cross pleaded guilty to foot travel in a thermal area and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to five years unsupervised probation, $8,000 in fines, and banned from US Public Lands for five years.
Now, the three other members of the group, “High on Life SundayFundayz” have returned to the USA to face the music. Canadians Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown have been sentence. Between them they have received fines totalling over $7,500, community service, and a brief amount of jail time.
Some of you will remember the story of four filmmakers caught on camera trampling the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone a few months ago. For those that missed it, the video is linked below. Needless to say, it sparked quite the outrage. Not just from the photographic community, either, but from the public at large.
When the video surfaced, the Internet was quick to identify the foursome as Canadian filmmakers shooting for “High On Life SundayFundayz“. Federal arrest warrants were then issued. These were later quashed at the request of their attorney, Thomas Fleener so that the men could re-enter the US without immediately being arrested. Fast forward to now, and the case is being heard.
It seems that these kinds of reports are getting all too common. And this makes me sad. Buckrail reports that On Saturday afternoon, four men ran out onto the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. Since one of the folks had a glidecam in hand, I can only assume that he was a videographer. The person who shot the videos and photos of the incident wishes to remain anonymous, but was caring enough to share the videos.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am all for getting the shot even if the price to pay is high, but this is not the case of paying a high price for a shot, this is more like everyone else will pay the price for my shot. Here is why:
A 16-year-old Taiwanese exchange student who came to the U.S. to experience a new culture found herself up close and personal with a massive American icon.
The student was visiting the Yellowstone National Park with her host family when the incident occurred, and park officials said the lack of a safe distance was to blame.
“The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her,” said a park service official.