s our world gets more and more crowded, national parks and monuments become more and more important. They're the last refuge of nature, a place where people can see the world as it was thousands or even millions of years ago. But, sometimes people take their visits as an opportunity to vandalize, damage, and harm the very areas we're trying to protect.
Four guys tried to WALK into a 160-degree geothermal spring.
Fortunately, they were stopped before they made their way into the deathtrap, but their presence did damage to the edges of the Yellowstone spring, angering conservationists to the point that the foursome made an apology.
A woman spray painted her Instagram pic all over SEVERAL national parks.
Yup. Not just one. Casey Nocket hit several parks all over the country spray painting the image you see above on rocks. She was easy to catch and pled guilty, seeing as how it was pretty easy to prove it was her.
Two people tried to save an "abandoned" bison.
They put it in their car with the best intentions. But due to its contact with humans, it was rejected by its pack and had to be euthanized rather than slowly die on its own. Terrible.
Don't smoke meth in hollowed-out trees.
Seriously. This lady lit up inside a 3,500-year-old Cyprus known as “the Senator.” The tree caught fire and burned to the ground. The woman got five years of probation for her dumb deed.
Misusing bear spray...big time.
From Reddit: “I was in a National Park at the visitor’s center. Suddenly, there’s this huge commotion and a lot of screaming from the lobby. I head over to find an entire tourist family crying and screaming and the park staff trying their best to manage the situation. Then the air shifts and it hits me. They had applied a liberal amount of BEAR SPRAY all over themselves and the entire lobby. Apparently, they had mistaken the wording of “bear repellent” and had assumed it was to be used like mosquito repellent.” Bear spray is similar to pepper spray.