"Give them room, use your zoom." Yellowstone National Park
"Give them room, use your zoom." Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone – Its seems like every other day we see instances of bad behavior in our National Parks and its no small part related to visitors attempting to get the best possible photos and videos of wildlife. Hopping fences, getting within striking distance of the North America’s largest land mammals, tourists constantly break laws and put themselves in personal danger while snapping away with their smartphones. Yellowstone National Park is well aware of the problem and wanted issue a reminder to all photographers to “give them room, use your zoom.” 

People travel from around the world to take pictures in Yellowstone. Where else can you witness the birth of a bison calf, see a grizzly bear steal a kill from a wolf, and watch the sun set behind an erupting geyser? If you’re planning to take photographs during your park visit, help us preserve these amazing experiences by following a few simple rules:

-Zoom with your lens, not with your feet. Always remain 100 yards (91 m) from bears and wolves, and 25 yards (23 m) from all other wildlife.

-Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature, and boiling water often lies just below ground throughout geyser basins.

-Park in roadside pullouts. Don’t block traffic to take photos.

-Carry bear spray and know how to use it. All of Yellowstone is bear habitat – from the deepest backcountry to the boardwalks around Old Faithful.

-Leave the drone at home. The launching, landing, or operation of unmanned aircraft is prohibited in the park.

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