Yellowstone National Park

Here’s a new one: Yellowstone visitors cited for cooking chickens in a hot spring

Three Yellowstone National Park visitors were cited for cooking two whole chickens in a backcountry Shoshone Geyser Basin hot spring in an August 7 incident.

The activities of Eric Roberts and Eric Romriell (both from Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Dallas Roberts (West Valley City, Utah) landed the pair a penalty of two days in jail, two years barred from Yellowstone while being released on unsupervised probation, and $540 in fines and fees. These are not young, reckless men; here’s Romriell’s bio. From AP:

A park ranger heard that people with cooking pots were hiking toward the park’s Shoshone Geyser Basin. The ranger found two whole chickens in a burlap sack in a hot spring. A cooking pot was nearby, Yellowstone spokeswoman Linda Veress said.

“Make dinner,” said defendant Eric Roberts of Idaho Falls, Idaho, when asked Thursday what the group was up to in the Yellowstone backcountry.

As for whose idea it was: “It was kind of a joint thing,” Roberts explained.

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