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Man Caught Trying to Cook Chickens in Yellowstone Hot Spring Is Banned From the Park

by Eben Diskin Nov 5, 2020

An Idaho man has been banned from Yellowstone National Park for trying to cook two chickens in a hot spring in an off-limits thermal area.

On August 7, a ranger was alerted that a group of people, including a child, were making their way to Shoshone Geyser Basin with cooking pots. When the ranger reached the group of 10, they found two chickens in burlap sacks sitting in a hot spring and several cooking pots.

According to Newsweek, the suspect, an Idaho man, was ordered to pay $1,200 for walking in a thermal area and for violating closures and use limits, for which he pleaded guilty. On September 10, the Mammoth Hot Springs court also ordered him to serve two years unsupervised probation and banned him from national park during that time.

Thermal features in Yellowstone can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable. It is forbidden to place anything in the scalding waters and stray off the official boardwalk or trails.

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