Trailing on the back end of the Bison incident, even more stupidity occurred at Yellowstone as a result of tourists.
A group of travel vloggers known as Sundayfundayz decided to take a walk of the beaten path and straight into the fragile bacterial mats of the Grand Prismatic spring in an attempt to get a great selfie. The group consisting of Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price-Brown, and Parker Hesuer have had federal warrants issued for their arrest as a result of their blatant disregard for the rules regarding the protected spring.
The group posted an apology on Facebook that now reads:
“We would like to apologize to our community. Three days ago we were lucky enough to visit Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and made the unfortunate error of leaving the pathway. We did not respect the protected environment we were exploring, and we want to acknowledge our wrongdoing. Because we have disappointed people with our actions, we have taken down the footage filmed off of the boardwalk at Yellowstone. We have realized that what we did was not okay, and we want others to learn from our mistake.
We got over zealous in our enthusiasm for this wonderful place. When standing at the face of such natural wonder, we were drawn to it. In an attempt to get the perfect shot, we acted in a way that doesn’t reflect our respect for the environment we were trying to capture. It was the wrong decision to make. We realize that now. For this we would like to sincerely apologize to the Yellowstone park community and the public.
We have spent a year saving for and planning this project, the last thing we intended to do was to disrespect this beautiful place. Quite the opposite. We have spent 75 days traveling the country and capturing its diverse beauty for the purpose of showcasing it to the world. We want to inspire others to go out and explore this vast land, to treat nature and our world with love and respect and to remind everyone watching to never take the wonders in their backyard for granted. This is what we stand for, this is who we are, with the purest of intentions we managed to screw up.
In a small gesture to try to show how incredibly apologetic we are, we will be donating $5,000 to Yellowstone National Park. We encourage you to share your favourite positive personal memory from Yellowstone National Park on the park’s Facebook page.
We take your comments, messages and every piece of feedback seriously, and we will be accepting the ramifications of our actions. We hope that our community will forgive us for our misstep and continue to see us as a source of positivity and inspiration as we continue to capture this life worth living.”
However, if you go into the edit history of the apology, you can see that the group initially claimed “We wandered off the laid out path and took photos of the Grand Prismatic Springs, unaware of the ecological ramifications and safety precautions.”
That stayed there until a screenshot of their now-taken-down video showed one of their members on camera taking a photo of the posted warning signs around the spring.
On top of that, Imgur user MisrepresentationSimplified created a detailed post of the group’s complete disregard for rules regarding important natural landmarks in order to get the footage or image they needed to gain more followers, and likes. Here they are venturing into forbidden areas in Peru:
They also have this super-cool-awesome video of themselves destroying the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah:
The same user who posted the evidence above has also created a petition to get their sponsors, Bud Light and Redbull, to pull their support for this group. Considering the company’s are indirectly funding very public environmental damage, it might seem like this group is on its last leg.