An Idaho man has been banned from Yellowstone National Park for two years and fined $1200 for trying to cook chickens in one of the park’s famous thermal springs.
Rangers were alerted to a group of ten people, including children, hiking toward Shoshone Geyser Basin with cooking pots. Upon responding, they discovered two chickens in a hot spring with a cooking pot nearby.
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The man, from Idaho Falls man, and two others in the party were cited for foot travel in a thermal area. He was also ordered to appear in a Mammoth Hot Springs court.
The man pleaded guilty to the citation on Sept. 10, in addition to a charge for violating closures and use limits.
Traveling off boardwalks or designated trails in hydrothermal areas, along with placing anything into thermal features, is prohibited in Yellowstone. Hot springs have killed over twenty people in the park, more than any other natural feature.