CASPER — Federal court records show that three men accused of walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park were recently charged with another crime.
The Canadian men were also charged Oct. 7 with taking a motion picture or television recording without a permit. A fourth member of the group was not charged with the new crime.
The National Park Service allows people to take pictures for their own enjoyment but requires permits to record images for commercial purposes. The men were with the Canada-based group High on Life/SundayFundayz and used images of themselves walking on the Grand Prismatic Spring to promote their brand.
Their actions damaged the sensitive bacterial mat of the spring.
The group posted the video on their website but later removed it and issued an apology.