A visitor to Yellowstone National Park took a video of a couple bathing two dogs in thermal water, potentially harming themselves and their pets.
Karissa Krull said, “I am sad to say that this occurred today at Firehole Lake Drive. They were bathing their pets in hot water!”
A video shows a woman walking a dog to a stream, where a man is soaking his feet in the water with another dog while steam wafts in the breeze.
The three-mile Firehole Lake Drive has multiple hot springs and geysers, as well as its eponymous lake. Other geysers and springs can be reached along a boardwalk that circles the lake.
Tourists are not permitted to leave the boardwalks in thermal regions. On boardwalks, hiking routes, and in thermal regions, pets are not permitted. Under the weight of people, what appears to be solid ground in thermal locations can disintegrate into scorching water, necessitating the use of boardwalks.
Officials from Yellowstone saw Krull’s footage, but park spokesperson Linda Veress said that it’s unclear whether they’ll try to identify and issue a fine to the couple at this time.
Source: USA Today