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Jason Wicks, a Yellowstone tourist who stumbled into the national park’s banned hot springs Tuesday while intoxicated, has received federal charges and a temporary ban. Jason Wicks, 49, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of traveling off the trails in a Yellowstone National Park hot spring area and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs “to the extent it was a danger to himself or for others,” the US Attorney’s Office in Wyoming announced Thursday. Wicks, from Hillman, Michigan, is also prohibited from setting foot in the national park, at least until the case is resolved. He pleaded not guilty to the charges on Wednesday.
Jason Wicks is 49 years old.
Wicks suffered a thermal burn to his foot after venturing into the highly dangerous restricted area, according to CNN Travel. Park visitors are asked to stay on designated boardwalks and trails to avoid geothermal features that are often covered by only a thin, fragile layer of plant cover. According to the National Park Service, more than 20 people have died in Yellowstone’s hot springs, which contain “deadly hot water” that reaches 200 degrees Fahrenheit or more, over the years. The springs are so hot and acidic that the bodies of some victims even dissolve into the water. About a year ago, a park employee found part of a foot still in a shoe floating in a spring, as the rest of the human remains were believed to have melted in the seething geyser basin. Past offenders who have survived have faced hefty fines and even jail terms.