National Park Report: Human Deaths, Vandalism & Wildlife Incidents Abound This Summer
Americans are visiting public parks this summer at higher rates than ever before. National & State parks have reported up to a 10% increase in traffic.
The problem is…many of these tourists don’t understand the consequence of exploring nature. It’s not the same as amusement parks.
Dangerous trails, an abundance of wildlife, disrespecting visitors, and too many selfies lead to a problematic summer for National Parks.
The Latest National Park Problems at Yosemite
Yosemite National Park officials are urging campers and tourists to slow down. Over the past few weeks, four bears have been struck by vehicles.
This news exemplifies the overcrowding issues at America’s National Parks this summer.
Yosemite officials plead for help in this Twitter post, “Help protect our bears by not speeding in the park! In the last three weeks, at least four bears were hit by cars in Yosemite, at least two of which were killed.”
Human Deaths, Vandalism & Wildlife Incidents Abound This Summer
Over the last 14 days, a surreal amount of issues have been reported at National and State Parks. We urge all tourists to slow down, understand that NPs aren’t amusement parks, and pick up after your damn self!
The Yosemite bear problem is only the most recent problem in a long list of summer tourist challenges faced by public land managers.
Last week tourists at Yellowstone had a close encounter with a Bison. Only by “playing dead” was the tourist left unharmed.
Zion National Park is currently in search of vandals who painted a substantial blue square on protected lands.
A Grand Canyon National Park tourist fell to her death while taking pictures near Mather Point.
A young man at Shenandoah National Park fell to his death while hiking with a friend. The friend was injured, trying to reach him.
A 70-year-old man hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park shot himself on accident while carrying a gun. Fortunately, no other hikers were harmed.
Glacier National Park offers a $10,000 reward for information about last week’s suspected arson.
Officials at Olympic National Park say humans could have caused last week’s wildfire. They are also looking for information regarding the potential arson.
A 43-year-old hiker in Glacier Nation Parks was found unresponsive on Siyeh Pass Trail.
To make matter worse, Mother Nature has also added her two cents. County officials in Arizona, near Petrified Forest National Park, reported a confirmed case of the human plague.
Please Take a Minute to Know Your Limits and Think Twice Before Engaging with Wildlife
We love that Americans are taking National Park vacations. These parks are gems of the USA.
We ask you to slow down and be patient.
Your health and safety are of utmost concern! Take an extra minute to access the situation and use your best judgment.
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