Tourist jailed for trespassing Yellowstone geyser
Tourist jailed for trespassing Yellowstone geyser

A man from Washington State was sentenced to seven days in jail and two year ban from Yellowstone National Park for going off the boardwalk and coming within 20 feet of Steamboat Geyser’s steam vent. 21-year-old Viktor Pyshniuk was sentenced on the thermal trespass charge June 4th by Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Hambrick.

A Yellowstone National Park employee snapped a photo of Pyshniuk showing that he had clearly crossed over the fence and was walking up the hillside.

“Trespassing in closed, thermal areas of Yellowstone National Park is dangerous and harms the natural resource. In cases like this one where we have strong evidence showing a person has willfully disregarded signs and entered a closed, thermal area, federal prosecutors will seek significant penalties, including jail time.” -Acting United States Attorney, Eric Heimann

Acting United States Attorney, Eric Heimann explained that the sentence is intended to deter Pyshniuk and others from leaving the boardwalks.

“And if every visitor to YNP disobeyed the rules, the park would be destroyed, and no one would be able to enjoy it.” -Acting United States Attorney, Eric Heimann

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