Drone harasses Grand Teton grizzlies

Illegal drone use in Grand Teton National Park.

Illegal drone use in Grand Teton National Park.

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Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 08.24.17

Grand Teton National Park law enforcement rangers are looking for information regarding an illegal operation of a drone.  The user of the drone was allegedly photographing grizzly bears at roughly 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23.

Visitors near Oxbow Bend in the northern area of the park watching the bears reported a large drone fly over and hover above the animals

Rangers were unable to locate the drone or the operator. If you know anything you are encouraged to contact the park at (307) 739-3301.

Drones are prohibited in all units of the National Park Service.

“Drone use has the potential to cause unacceptable impacts such as harming visitors, interfering with rescue or fire management operations, causing excessive noise, impacting view sheds, and disturbing wildlife,” said the National Park Service.

Anyone illegally operating a drone in a park may be issued a mandatory court appearance with the maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $5000 fine.

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