Chinese tourist fined $1,000 after collecting hot springs water at Yellowstone
YELLOWSTONE - A Chinese tourist was fined more than $1,000 after walking off the boardwalk in the Mammoth Hot Springs thermal area of Yellowstone National Park and collecting some spring water as a souvenir on Tuesday.
A visitor said they saw the man walk on the terrace formations, collect thermal water and break through the crust of the fragile travertine crust at the hot springs.
A park ranger took in the witness’ statement along with photos of the violation before forwarding the incident report to local law enforcement.
The subsequent police investigation identified the individual who stated that he did not read the safety information given to him at the park entrance. He also admitted to collecting hot springs water, according to park officials.
Now, a mandatory appearance in the Yellowstone Justice Center Court is in order to face a federal violation for the Chinese national.
Park officials point out that it is a violation of federal regulations to collect any park resources.