Vandals scraped their names into a geothermal feature in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Kevin Jones/Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of the Idiots

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – Sometimes it’s pretty hard to believe just how stupid people can be. It seems someone named Nick and their buddy (Rain?) decided to scrape their name into one of Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal features near Biscuit Basin.

A picture shared to the Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of the Idiots facebook page by Kevin Jones shows “Nick + (Rain?) Were Here” scratched into the ground off a boardwalk around Biscuit Basin. Unfortunately no photos were taken of the responsible party.

Group member Cindy Shaffer pointed out the importance of grabbing photos of responsible parties and their license plates if possible, highlighting that park rangers have and will follow up on and issue citations based on posts in the group.

I have had to make reports before, and they did follow up on it, and the people ended up having to go to court. Visitors have to stop destroying our park!!” – Cindy Shaffer

In thermal areas, guests are required to stay on the boardwalks and designated trails, protecting both the people and the sensitive features. The hot springs can be incredibly dangerous, with more than 20 people having passed from burns after entering the springs.

Guests who violate these rules can face fines, potential jail time, and bans from the park. Earlier this year, 70-year-old actor Pierce Brosnan was fined $500 and equired to pay a $1,000 community service payment after leaving the designated path in a Yellowastone thermal area.

Vandals scraped their names into a geothermal feature in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Kevin Jones/Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of the Idiots

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