Yellowstone reminders amidst recent incidents

Recent problems with tourists have moved Yellowstone Park officials to urge people to keep their distance from wildlife in the park.  In a case last week tourists loaded a young bison into their vehicle at the park out of concern  for its welfare.  Because of the human contact  it was rejected by the herd and had to be put down.   On KVNU’s For the People program on Wednesday, Park Public Affairs Ranger Charissa Reid said people should know better.

“Why they don’t know it is a mystery to me because certainly the information is widely available to them. Everyone who comes in the park gets a park newspaper that does an excellent job of covering all the safety regulations for the park. We even have a special bright yellow flyer that shows a picture of someone being tossed in the air, via cartoon style, of a bison and a person that talks specifically about wildlife interactions”, Reid explained.

Another problem arose this week as rangers filed a criminal complaint  on Monday against three Canadian members of a clothing business for leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a sensitive geothermal feature where they snapped selfies and took video of themselves last Saturday. Reid suggests those wanting to travel to the park this summer  to aquaint themselves with the various features of the park and its safety rules at the park to go to nps.gov/yell.

On a positive note it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Yellowstone will observe the occasion with an event called ‘An Evening at the Arch’ on August 25th.

Reid told For the People, “So far the announced headiners are John Prine and Emmy Lou Harris. There will also be guest speakers, dignataries, etc. There will be some more information available as the event gets closer. And it is free-of-charge but you are required to have a ticket…the tickets are released in batches. The first release was on May 15th. And it gives you some indication of how much people love Yellowstone, the tickets were gone in , I believe, under 2 minutes.”

Reid said that more batches of tickets will be released in mid-June and mid-July. Go to go.nps.gov/eveningatthearch  for more information.

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