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Hefty fine given for walking on Yellowstone Hot Spring
By Moosetrack Megan


One of four Canadian men who filmed themselves walking across a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park has been fined.

Hamish McNab Campbell Cross has pleaded guilty to foot travel in a thermal area and disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition.

“The judge’s decision today sends a very clear message about thermal feature protection and safety,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said in an issued statement. “Hamish Cross’s egregious actions damaged a world-class hot spring and risked his own life coupled with the lives of responding rangers. We look forward to the outcome of the case regarding the three remaining defendants.”

 

He was fined $8,000, and will serve 5 years probation, which includes a ban from federal lands. The three others charged in the case have pleaded not guilty.