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Pokemon Go! and Yellowstone
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- Jul 18, 2016
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Pokémon Go has caught national media attention as many players are spending countless hours trying to catch 'em all.
The app is so popular, national news outlets are featuring segments focused on the game, and even Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, wishes he had time to play the game.
"I don't, but people are playing it," Trump said in an interview with The Washington Examiner. "No question about it. I do not. I wish I had time."
Though the game is innocent in nature, there are some hidden dangers—especially in nature—of which users must be aware when playing.
July 12, the National Park Service shared a Facebook video inviting players to visit national parks and hunt for Pokémon; however, they also warn of the dangers that can be found inside the beautiful parks.
That same day, the official Yellowstone National Park Twitter account (@YellowstoneNPS) responded to a question about whether any Pokémon is native to the park.
@ClarkIAndersen No: Pokemon are nonnative, and while they pose no direct threat to our native wildlife, distracted people might!— YellowstoneNPS (@YellowstoneNPS) July 12, 2016
Yellowstone National Park is home to hundreds of wild animal species, including include bears, bison and wolves, that you cannot find on Pokémon Go.
The natural wonders of our Yellowstone Teton Territory make safety while playing Pokémon Go even more crucial.
If users are playing, especially inside Yellowstone National Park, they must stay attentive and aware of their surroundings. Those failing to do so might damage national landmarks, experience injury, or even suffer fatal consequences.
To ensure your safety while Pokémon hunting in Yellowstone National Park, here are a few simple tips:
- Be sure to travel in a group of three or more people
- Be sure to remain on marked trails and never leave boardwalks near geothermal areas
- Be sure to plan for your trip and bring proper gear and protection (i.e. bear spray)
- Be sure to make wise decisions and avoid situations that might place you, or your Pokémon hunting career, in jeopardy.
As you continue your quest to be the very best, be sure to have fun, safe experience hunting Pokémon in the nation’s first national park.
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