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Yellowstone tourist ticket for walking too close, to appear to pee on Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park officials say they have ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser.

(Associated Press)

Yellowstone National Park officials have a ticket a man caught on video wandering close to the Old Faithful geyser, where he risked burns from the boiling-hot water that erupts every hour or so.

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The man of the actions between the bursts of startled a crowd of a couple hundred people on the park’s most famous attraction. At one point he lay on the ground near the swirling hole.

“Some of the crowd thought that he was going to jump. We didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Ashley Lemanski of Harbor Beach, Michigan, who shot the video Friday.

The man appeared to urinate on the geyser, while a park ranger repeatedly yelled at him to get to safety. Rangers caught up with him, after he finally walked back to the nearby promenades, Lemanski said.

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Rangers cited him to walk off the boardwalks in a thermal area, Yellowstone spokesman Neal Herbert said Monday. Herbert had not the man’s identity.

Just as Yellowstone’s wildlife and majestic scenery, tourists behaving badly have become a target for the cameras. A man who captured on video the harassment of a bison in Yellowstone in August was sentenced to four months in prison for the incident and other aircraft in the vicinity of Grand Teton National Park.

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As the man at Old Faithful, relieved himself on the job, he was not the first. Two seasonal park employees were fired after being caught on a webcam to urinate on the geyser in 2009.

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