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Yellowstone Responds To Report of Tour Group

October 10, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The account of the misadventures of a tour group in Yellowstone National Park last week that saw heavy publication in the media yesterday was probably somewhat inflamed fueled by the frustration of those on the tour by the closing of the park.  Yellowstone Spokesman Al Nash says in fact, first and foremost, any contact the rangers had with visitors that day started with an apology; but then they did direct visitors who had overnight accommodations or campsites to head toward their lodging – that their normal sightseeing activities were being curtailed. Nash adds that many visitors were frustrated and upset at the directive.  An account reported by a regional newspaper quotes a tour guide as saying his group of senior citizens were locked inside their hotel while armed rangers stood at the door, and they were only permitted to go to the dining room to eat dinner. Nash stresses, “We did not post rangers at entrances and exits to lodging facilities to keep visitors indoors.”  However, he points out that given the fact that the park has to keep staff on duty to provide basic safety functions, and that the law enforcement commissioned rangers are a significant portion of the park’s capacity to respond to medical emergencies or fire calls, people in the park would certainly see a higher percentage of law enforcement personnel during the shutdown than they normally would. Nash says regardless, any written complaints from park visitors will certainly be looked into and responded to.  Meanwhile, Nash, who himself has been put on an extremely limited work schedule, says he cannot walk around in the park even though he lives and works there.

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