Insider: a person from Idaho was banned from entering Yellowstone National Park for at least two years for trying to “fry chicken in a hot spring.”
According to the East Idaho News Network, the unnamed man was spotted by the park ranger on August 7 carrying a cooking pot and two chickens in sack, standing at the Shoshone geyser. In a hot spring in the basin.
Yellowstone Park prohibits visitors from breaking into designated geothermal high-temperature areas. The man was accused of violating closure and use restrictions because of the danger and risk of injury.
On September 10, he pleaded guilty in court and was fined $1,200. He was also sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation, during which time he will be barred from entering Yellowstone National Park.
According to local media reports, the park ranger also dealt with the other two people in the man’s tour group. Their case is still unclear.
Reports pointed out that the hot springs in Yellowstone Park once caused serious injuries or deaths to tourists. The temperature of the hot springs can even reach the ignition point, and some are very acidic. Just last month, a 3-year-old child fell into a hot zone and suffered severe burns. Last year, a 48-year-old man fell into a hot spring and was burned. In 2016, another tourist died after falling into a hot spring.