MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — Two men who pleaded guilty to trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park were sentenced to 10 days in jail and have been banned from the park for five years. Park employees and other witnesses saw two people on the geyser on Sept. 10, 2019 taking photos with their cellphones.
At least one witness shared photos with park rangers, who cited the two defendants.READ MORE: Denver Police Search For Pregnant Woman In Robbery At Knifepoint
Eric Schefflin, 20, of Lakewood, Colorado, and Ryan Goetz. 25, of Woodstock, New York, were sentenced on Dec. 5, 2019 by U.S. Magistrate Mark Carman in Mammoth Hot Springs, park officials announced Thursday.
“Visitors must realize that walking on thermal features is dangerous, damages the resource, and illegal,” Chief Ranger Sarah Davis said in a statement.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions In Colorado: Custer County Commissioners Vote To Drop All Restrictions, Open Up 100%
The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin and there is scalding water just below the surface, park officials said. Visitors must always remain on boardwalks and exercise extreme caution.
Schefflin and Goetz were also ordered to pay $540 in restitution and were placed on unsupervised probation for five years.MORE NEWS: Berthoud Real Estate Agent Bret Lamperes Charged With Money Laundering
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