Humans Are Disgusting, Trash And Poop All Over Yosemite National Park During Government Shutdown

You’ve all heard about this most recent government shutdown. It’s not a full shutdown, but it has put national parks across the country in a weird position. The employees aren’t working inside the park (because they aren’t getting paid) which means anyone can enter the parks for free.

And thousands of people have been traveling to Yosemite National Park to take advantage of this freedom. It only took two weeks for people to start trashing one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.

As the New York Daily News reports, parts of the park had to be blocked off because people were taking dumps on the side of the road and throwing their trash all over the place…

“Parts of California’s Yosemite National Park were forced to close after visitors began using the side of the road as a toilet. Bathrooms in the park haven’t been open since the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Dec. 22. Hetch Hetchy and Mariposa Grove were among the areas that closed ‘due to lack of restrooms and resulting impacts from human waste,’ the park announced Sunday.”

24-year-old Dakota Snider, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, says he hasn’t seen anything like this in the four years he’s worked at the park.

“It’s a free-for-all. It’s so heartbreaking. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I’ve seen in my four years living here.”

You see, during previous government shutdowns, the parks closed completely, but the Trump administration made the odd decision to keep them opened.

And that decision may have lasting effects, according to John Garder, senior budget director of the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association…

“We’re afraid that we’re going to start seeing significant damage to the natural resources in parks and potentially to historic and other cultural artifacts. We’re concerned there’ll be impacts to visitors’ safety. It’s really a nightmare scenario.”

Pretty sad stuff indeed. Yosemite is truly a magical place. The fact that someone would go there and think, “This seems like a good place to get rid of a 2 liter bottle of Coke” is infuriating, but also not that surprising.

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