Federal charges have been brought against an American tourist who allegedly walked off-trail and got thermal burns in Yellowstone National Park.
Until his case is decided, Jordan Wicks, 49, of Hillman, Michigan, is banned from entering Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, according to the U.S. The District of Wyoming’s attorney’s office made a statement on Thursday.
The Office reports that on August 23, 2023, Wicks was charged in federal court with off-trail travel in a thermal region of Yellowstone National Park and being under the influence of substances or alcohol to the point he posed a risk to himself or others.
The earth in hydrothermal parts of Yellowstone National Park is weak and brittle, and there is scorching water just below the surface, according to park officials. The Attorney’s Office ruled that everyone must stay on boardwalks and pathways and proceed around Yellowstone’s thermal features with great caution.
A trial date has not been scheduled, and the incident is still being investigated.
The National Park Service warns visitors to the well-known park in Wyoming not to touch the runoff or thermal features and should keep their children close by and not to let them run on the boardwalks in the thermal formation regions.
Yellowstone’s Strict Rules and Risks Around Thermal Areas
It is not permitted to go swimming or to soak in hot springs. Over twenty people have passed away as a result of burns they sustained after entering or falling into Yellowstone’s hot springs.
The NPS also warns against throwing things into hot springs or other hydrothermal features and warns that in some hydrothermal locations, hazardous gases may build up to dangerous levels.
A woman was discovered dead in a car inside Yellowstone National Park in May, and park authorities detained a man who was standing nearby, according to a previous alleged crime that occurred there this year, Fox News Digital reported at the time.
According to the National Park Service, when rangers from Yellowstone responded to Craig Pass, which is located approximately 3 miles south of Old Faithful, they discovered a car that had been driven into a snowbank.
According to the NPS, the individual was held and then arrested for narcotics possession as well as other traffic-related offenses.
Source: Fox News