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Yellowstone treatment of tour group draws complaints

Published October 9, 2013 2:20 pm
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Cheyenne, Wyo. • Some tourists to Yellowstone National Park are complaining about their treatment by National Park Service rangers when the park was closed down last week because of the partial federal shutdown.

One tour guide operator went so far as to say rangers used "Gestapo tactics" in the treatment of his tour group.

Gordon Hodgson, of Provo, Utah, described one confrontation with a ranger where his tour group was prevented from taking pictures of bison along a road.

Pat Vaillancourt, of Salisbury, Mass., was a member of the tour group. She says some foreign members of the group felt they were under arrest because armed rangers ordered them confined to the lodge when the park was closed Oct. 1.

National Park Service officials in Washington didn't immediately comment on the matter.




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