Videos, social media posts show group appearing to harm national park wonders

Posted at 1:28 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 13:27:54-04

Yellowstone National Park – A Canadian group claiming to be entertainers and clothing makers is harming natural wonders from Yellowstone National Park to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats – and they are sharing their exploits with the world on social media.

This video shows four members of the clan that calls itself ‘High on Life SundayFundayz ‘ going into a restricted area at Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. You can clearly see the men walk away from the boardwalk onto the fragile spring while recording their activity.

“That is absolutely against the rules,” Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “Now that we know about it, we’ll give it our full attention.”

The High on Life crew members are now apologizing on Facebook for the damaging acts.

They are even making a small effort to right the large wrong, donating $5,000 to Yellowstone.

They posted in part:

In a small gesture to try to show how incredibly apologetic we are, we will be donating $5,000 to Yellowstone National Park. We encourage you to share your favourite positive personal memory from Yellowstone National Park on the park’s Facebook page.

The Wyoming U.S. Attorney's Office has filed charges against three of the men, identified as Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown.

A look at the group's Facebook page shows them waterskiing off the back of their RV at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, as well as appearing to be flying drones in Arches National Park and Zion National Parks. The Bureau of Land Management said it was investigating if any crimes were committed on the Salt Flats, a spokesman told FOX 13's Robert Boyd.

Representatives for Arches and Zion national parks did not immediately return messages seeking comment.