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Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park, Second Edition

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Therriault, Ednor (December 2018). Myths and Legends of Yellowstone. Bowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1493032150 . Retrieved October 20, 2018. Because this information was not readily available from the park, Whittlesey gathered his data by poring over park superintendent records and local news reports. These tales, as the author repeatedly noted, are meant as cautionary tales for what might happen if a person is careless or lets their guard down. In the first chapter "Death in Hot Water", it's pretty insane how often people ignore warning signs. Even in 2018, I witnessed a lady step over the warning signs to get a closer look/picture of a hot spring with her phone. Like obviously this is wrong, but people live on the belief that it won't happen to me. More outraging is 'Deaths from Bears', people thought because it was a "park" that the bears were tamed creatures and that they could befriend them. How dumb?!? Why would that ever be a thing. I'm afraid of dogs that are roaming by themselves on the streets...I couldn't imagine walking into a BEAR and being like "look how cute he is?!?". Wow some people. The last decade has seen a slew of books dealing with deaths in the national parks. The authors assure us that they publish these volumes to warn visitors of the dangers they face in the parks. The reality of course is that many in the literate public are fascinated by death, especially in unusual or exotic circumstances, and these books cater to that morbid demand. Nonetheless, they make for interesting reading and serve as a cautious reminder that visits to the wilderness, while safer than certain neighborhoods in major metropolitan areas, still contain very real hazards. This volume by Lee Whittlesey, was one of the first in this genre, and is still one of the best.

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Some folks require the park’s wildness and yet deny its right to exercise its wildness upon them.”--Lee Whittlesey The first half of this is excellent; so creepy and terrifying. Accounts of people eaten by bears, falling into hot springs, falling off cliffs, freezing to death, all as a direct result of Yellowstone National Park and its inherent dangers.

a b "Inside Yellowstone's 'Zone of Death' Crimes Can't Be Prosecuted". HowStuffWorks. October 17, 2017 . Retrieved June 11, 2019. The author lived and worked as a bus guide and then ranger in Yellowstone for over twenty years. He was involved in some of the incidents and knew several of the people mentioned in the book. He did a massive amount of research while writing it, and it shows. Each incident is thoroughly and impeccably documented, and Whittlesey often also provides detailed information from personal interviews with witnesses and family members. Whittlesey saw the chapters unrolling in his head. He’d already written and published books on history and knew where he could find the pertinent information. He published the book in 1995. When apprehended by the highway patrol trooper, Baker reportedly told the officer, “I have a problem; I’m a cannibal.” In my opinion, if you cannot get killed and eaten by a wild animal, then you don’t have a true wilderness area. NPT: Any advice for precautions visitors can take?

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According to a 2022 survey by Outforia, a nature and outdoor resource, the Grand Canyon is the most dangerous park with 134 documented deaths, according to records obtained by the outlet. The survey does not specify when the deaths occurred. One of the most gruesome deaths in the park recounted by Whittlesey was a murder in 1889 involving George Trischman, his wife Margaret and their four children. At many points in the book, Whittlesey warned his readers that Yellowstone is not an amusement park full of tame animals and guardrails on the trails. It’s a place full of hidden and obvious dangers, he said, which is why he felt compelled to share his cautionary tale while also capturing the park’s colorful history. The accidents are the latest in a string of unfortunate incidents this year as visitors to the nation's premier national park push boundaries or come in conflict with wildlife and Yellowstone's fragile features ( read more about the park's storied historyin a special magazine edition).But when I go to the National Parks I actually read books/materials to prepare for that experience. I read the signs in the parks. I read the brochures. I know that Yellowstone is not Disneyland, and I can’t believe people would go there thinking that they can place their 3 year old children on bears or bison and expect them to live, and then blame the parks for their own willful ignorance. Every time I see an accidental death at the National Parks I shake my head and read it aloud from the news to my family. and while dying from many of the ways listed in the above chapters can be avoided by a sane person (yes, a photo of your toddler sitting astride a bear would be adorable, but usually you are just going to end up with a picture of the day your kid got torn to ribbons by your "foolhardiness") and (do not jump into a hot spring with a temperature of 202 degrees F to rescue your dog because your eyeballs will boil, your skin will slough off of you, your last words will be "that was a stupid thing i did," and your dog will still be dead), still there are many potential deaths over which you have no control. and why?? because people are idiots. you would think, wouldn't you, that being in all that open space would somehow be safer than living in a city where people push people off of subway platforms and mug people at knifepoint and get into scuffles on the sidewalk because people weren't meant to live that close together, but you would be wrong. people will find a way to be idiots no matter where they are, and these two situations are illustrative of that:

A Brief History of Deaths in Yellowstone’s Hot Springs

Another thermal fatality occurred in 2000. One moonless August night, 20-year-old Sara Hulphers, a park concession employee from Oroville, Wash., went swimming with friends in the Firehole River. Accompanied by two co-workers for Old Faithful businesses, Hulphers returned by hiking through Lower Geyser Basin. They carried no flashlights, and the three thought they were jumping a small stream when they fell into Cavern Spring’s ten-foot-deep boiling waters. Hulphers went completely underwater and died several hours later from third-degree burns that covered her entire body. Her companions survived, but the two men spent months in a Salt Lake City hospital recovering from severe burns over most of their bodies. Other Dangers: Drowning, Falling, Crashes We’re not trying to terrify anybody. We’re trying to face reality about what the threats are. That’s part of the charm, the adventure, the fun. During the 1990s, 16 park visitors were burned extensively and deeply enough by geysers or hot springs that they were immediately flown to Salt Lake City for treatment at the University of Utah Hospital regional burn center. On average, they spent 20 days at the center being treated for their burns, and many go through skin grafts to replace damaged tissue. The most severely injured stayed 100 or so days, and some survivors are left with permanent disfiguring scars, says Brad Wiggins, the burn center’s clinical nursing coordinator.This may seem strange coming from a person that loves nature, but I was not totally impressed by Yellowstone. I didn’t like thermal pools, not even Old Faithfu, which was surrounded in cement. The Indians never really lived in Yellowstone. Why? The author didn’t say. My own belief is that they didn’t like the thermal pools either. It’s hard on everybody,” said park spokesperson Charissa Reid. “We’re certainly sad for his family and it’s not an easy thing for the rangers either,” who were tasked with retrieving the body. There seem to be rules against everything one wants to do in this park," she said with a petulant frown. "Now what possible reason can there be for not allowing my dog a little freedom? Poor Von has been tied up all day!" It is not for the squeamish. The author graphically relates stories of people being boiled alive in thermal springs, being flayed and eaten by bears and being gored by bison. It came as a relief when people just started dying by falling trees.

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and i will just leave you with this - further proof that ladies with little dogs are usually the worst at taking responsibility for anything and although this makes me sad in my doggy-love parts, i still think the doggy ended up in a better place than being owned by this nightmare of a human: The most recent death was in 2016 when a 23-year-old man from Portland, Oregon, slipped and fell into a hot spring near Porkchop Geyser, according to a 2021 article by Tom Arrandale. All of the thermal deaths are intense not only because of the victim’s pain as they are boiled alive or their skin flakes away once they’ve been rescued, but also because of the helplessness of loved ones and bystanders as they watch their young children or family pet splash into a death that is neither instantaneous nor stoppable. Kirwan’s eyes were totally white, as if blind, and his badly burned skin had already began peeling off. When another man on the scene ran over and tried to remove one of Kirwan’s shoes, his skin started to flay off. Later, rangers found two large pieces of skin shaped like human hands next to the spring.From the perspective of a both a lawyer and a park ranger, he considered the book a way to legally protect the park while also alerting tourists to the many hidden and obvious dangers that one might run into while exploring the park. Six children found the plant growing along a stream and ate "greedily" of it, thinking it a parsnip. October 1986 - a photographer was killed by an adult female grizzly bear near Otter Creek in Hayden Valley. Wilderness is impersonal. It does not care whether you live or die. It does not care how much you love it. Along with drownings and scalding deaths, Whittlesey dug into the various ways tourists at the park have died or were seriously injured as a result of their own foolhardiness.

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