Bring Destructive Yellowstone Tourists to Justice

Grand_prismatic_spring_by_jim_peaco

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.

PETITION LETTER:

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.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jim Peaco, National Park Service

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8 Comments

  1. Some people are so selfish, and self absorbed like these four. What in the world were they thinking??? This is very very serious and should be treated as such. They took it upon them selves to damage and destroy something that doesn’t belong to them and destroy it also for the rest of us.

    MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF THEM SO THIS WILL NOT BE REPEATED!!!

    THEY SHOULD BE SEVERELY PUNISHED. FINE THEM ALL A HUGE AMOUNT,($20k), BAN THEM FROM ENTERING THE US FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS AND MAKE THEM WRITE A LETTER OF APOLOGY TO THE PEOPLE OF THE US. Maybe a year of jail would teach them a good lesson.

  2. Barbara Laudan says:

    This sounds like an excellent punishment that will get their attention.

  3. Mark Turner Mark Turner says:

    Another shameful act to add to man’s Cv of thoughtless,careless,selfish, behaviour,the act of a few with no regard to Nature pity they didn’t run into a grizzly or two, they should be put on clean up duty if all local toilets and not anywhere near nature, they have no respect for it so do not deserve to be allowed anywhere near it.

  4. Petition the Canadian Government to bring these bozo’s to justice. I know idiots have no country, but as a Canadian I’m embarrassed of these guys. Banning them from the US is an excellent start.

  5. MEANS FOR ALL OF THOSE ASSISTS IN THESE CRUEL PRACTICES S(H)OWS THEIR OWN FUTURE! THIS SHOULD BE WELL KNOWN BY PERSONS RESPONSIBLE!

    EVERYONE OF THIS UNBELIEVABLE INHUMANE IGNORANCE AGAINST EXTRADITED LIVING & BREATHING CREATURES INHUMANE RABBLE WILL SEE WHAT FUTURE PROVIDES FOR ALL OF THEM!

    AS YOU CAN SEE ALL OF DISASTERS IN OUR WORLD – YOU SOON COULD BE THE NEXT PART OF THOSE EARNING THEIR SELF DEPENDENT LIFE AS THEY DESERVES IT WITHOUT ANY COMMISERATION!

    LAST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES – GET RIDDEN BY YOUR GUILT!

    FUTURE GENERATIONS DESERVING CRIMINAL DECISIONS ? NOPE!
    PLACE ALL CRIMINAL AND GREEDILY MINDS UNDER THE OCEAN, THEY ARE USEFUL FOR SHARKS FOOD – NOTHING ELSE!

  6. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Bastards!!! ?
    Signed & Shared.

  8. Why did you bother going to Yellowstone if your intentions were to destroy it. Don’t bother!! You have absolutely no respect for these places and You don’t belong there!

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