Two men face criminal charges for walking onto Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Kimberly Guilliams told KTMF-TV in Missoula, Montana, she saw the men leaning directly over the geyser to take photos Tuesday.

Going off boardwalks in Yellowstone’s thermal areas is dangerous and illegal. Old Faithful erupts with boiling hot water about once every hour.

Park officials said the men have been summoned to appear in federal court. The two were not identified by press time.


Health officials say a Wyoming resident has been hospitalized in the state’s first case of severe lung disease related to vaping.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported that the Wyoming Department of Health released a statement confirming that the person is a Uinta County resident in their 20s. Officials said the patient vaped in the months prior to the hospitalization.

State health officer Alexia Harrist said the person has been released from a hospital. Harrist said the state is investigating several potential cases of lung disease linked to vaping and is expecting to see more of the illness.


A federal judge has approved an agreement that will require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make a recommendation by May 2021 as to whether the lesser prairie chicken should be federally protected as a threatened or endangered species.

The agreement was reached Thursday between the federal agency and three conservations groups: the Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians. The groups sued the federal government in June to force it to make a designation for the lesser prairie chicken and its habitats.

Once a designation is proposed, there will then be a public comment period followed by a final determination made later by Fish and Wildlife. The agency also could decide that no federal protections be provided for the bird.


Virginia has launched a live “elk cam.” The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said the elk cam will run annually from mid-August through November.

Elk rut peaks between late September and early October. During the fall rut period, elk are highly social and stay in large harem groups out in open areas.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Kentucky Wildlife Resources Foundation restored 75 elk from Kentucky to Buchanan County between 2012 and 2014. The population has grown to an estimated 250 animals.

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