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Man is banned from Yellowstone for two years for trying to cook two chickens in a hot spring

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

  • The unidentified hiker was found at the Shoshone Geyser Basin on August 7 
  • He was with a group of 10 friends, including a child, according to a ranger 
  • The man was appeared in a Mammoth Hot Springs court on September 10
  • He pleaded guilty to two charges and was fined and banned from Yellowstone 
  • Throwing anything into thermal features, which can reach temperatures are 143 degrees F on average, is prohibited by park officials 

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

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. 

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