Target: Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney General
Goal: Extradite and prosecute tourists who vandalized precious national park resources.
Four Canadian men recently visited Yellowstone National Park and, callously ignoring clearly posted park regulations, walked off a boardwalk and onto the park’s iconic Grand Prismatic Springs. Leaving behind clearly visible white footprints in the springs, the foursome caused potentially irreparable damage to one of the park’s most sensitive ecosystems and iconic treasures. Though an arrest warrant was issued for all four men, the tourists returned home to Canada and have since faced no legal ramifications for their careless actions.
Yellowstone officials have not completed their assessment of the damage, but allege that the tourists’ illegal walk in the springs was potentially devastating to the bacterial mats that give the springs their characteristic unique colors. Worse, the footprints left behind in the bacterial mats could inspire future visitors to follow them, creating a legacy of damage to this precious, beloved resource. The full scope of damage engendered by these careless tourists remains to be seen.
It is important that a message is sent to the public that our national parks are precious resources that must be protected, not stomped on and disrespected. If those who vandalize national park resources are not brought to justice, the destruction of these resources is normalized and given tacit approval. Therefore, it is necessary that these destructive, careless tourists receive punishment for their crimes. Urge United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch to advocate for the extradition and prosecution of these four men who carelessly damaged national park treasures.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
We ask that you advocate for the extradition and prosecution of four Canadian tourists who mindlessly damaged national park treasures at Yellowstone. Ignoring park regulations, these men walked onto the park’s Grand Prismatic Springs, wreaking havoc on its delicate ecosystem and leaving behind visible footprints that others may unfortunately be tempted to follow in the future. Yellowstone rangers are still assessing the full range of damage done to park resources by these four criminals.
It is extremely disheartening when our irreplaceable national landmarks are treated so carelessly. Our national parks are precious resources that must be protected, not vandalized and flagrantly disrespected. We, the undersigned, urge you to advocate for the extradition and prosecution of these four Canadian men who carelessly and irreparably damaged national treasures at Yellowstone National Park.
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Photo credit: Jim Peaco, National Park Service