According to Cody Enterprise, Yellowstone National Park is influencing visitors to take “The Yellowstone Pledge” or “The Safe Selfie Policy.” This is in response to an increase in park visits and irresponsible decisions made by visitors that have gone along with it. It reminds Yellowstone guests to stay away from wildlife and take pictures at a distance that doesn’t disturb the wildlife and one that will keep them safe. The East Gate entrance of the national park opens Friday at 8am, which makes it a great time to take the pledge and practice safe selfies.
Take the pledge. Tell a friend. Protect the park.
The Yellowstone Pledge is a personal promise you can make to yourself and the park. It can be taken anywhere: it doesn’t need to be taken out loud or in front of anyone. Tag #YellowstonePledge and encourage others to do the same.
To be a steward and help protect myself and the park, I pledge to:
- Practice safe selfies by never approaching animals to take a picture.
- Stay on boardwalks in thermal areas.
- Protect hot springs by not throwing anything into them.
- Park in designated areas and avoid blocking traffic.
- Stay with my car if I’m stuck in a wildlife jam.
- Follow speed limits and pull over to let cars pass.
- Travel safely in bear country by carrying bear spray, making noise, and hiking in groups.
- Keep my food away from animals.
- Recycle what I can and put my garbage in bear-proof containers.
- Report resource violations by calling 911 or talking to a ranger.
Thanks for taking the pledge and showing your dedication to Yellowstone!