3 men kicked out of Yellowstone National Park for trying to cook chicken in geyser

The men said they were just “trying to make dinner.”

Three men were temporarily barred from Yellowstone National Park after being caught trying to cook chickens in one of the park’s famous geysers , Today.com reported .

The incident took place on August 7, according to a spokesperson for the national park.

A ranger received reports of a group “walking with cooking pots” towards the Shoshane Geyser Basin . When a ranger found the group, it was discovered that the group had two whole chickens in a burlap sack at a hot spring. A pot was also found nearby.

Three men in the group were charged and found guilty on September 10.

Eric and Dallas Roberts were ordered to serve two days in jail and pay $ 540 in fines and fees, according to the Associated Press . The third man, Eric Romriell, paid $ 1,250 in fines and fees.

All three men are barred from Yellowstone National Park for the next two years while serving two years of unsupervised probation.

When asked what they were doing in the park, Eric Roberts allegedly told a ranger that they were trying to “cook dinner.”

Yellowstone National Park is home to hundreds of geysers and around 10,000 “thermal features.” The Shoshane Geyser Basin contains several geysers and small springs, with the water temperatures for the various sources ranging from 180 to 196 F, according to the national park website.

“The water in the hot springs can cause severe or fatal burns, and the boiling water underlies most of the thin and brittle crust around the hot springs,” the park said in a statement.

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