Over recent months, it seems that there has been a story about tourists in Yellowstone National Park being gored by bison, mauled by bears, bitten by wolves, or scalded by steaming pools every week. In most cases the deaths and injuries have been the result of foolhardy visitors who don’t follow park rules. Americans have devolved into a traveling circus of rubes, yahoos, and morons who seem to view everyplace as an extension of Disney World. Now, on the occasion of Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary, Cowboy State Daily published a map and list of maulings, scaldings, and murders that have occurred at the park. The stories of fatal accidents are mostly gleaned from the book Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park.
Yellowstone has many dangerous attractions, especially the geothermal features like geysers and boiling hot springs that tourists fall into and sometimes jump into. Others want to get close to the bison or the bears, with deadly results. Sometimes hikers and camper simply fail to take recommended precautions with dire results. You can read about some of the mayhem, and download the map here.