The 16 Dumbest Things People Have Done In US National Parks

Just waiting for some stupid humans to come along. f11photo/Shutterstock


Some tourists thought bear spray (pepper spray) worked like bug repellent and sprayed the hot chemicals all over their bodies.

"I was in a National Park at the visitor's center. Suddenly, there's this huge commotion and a lot of screaming from the lobby. I head over to find an entire tourist family crying and screaming and the park staff trying their best to manage the situation. Then the air shifts and it hits me. They had applied a liberal amount of BEAR SPRAY all over themselves and the entire lobby. Apparently, they had mistaken the wording of "bear repellent" and had assumed it was to be used like mosquito repellent." — king_bestestes

Bear spray does not work as bug repellent. Beverly & Pack

Boy Scout leaders in Utah cheered as they pushed over a 2,000-year-old rock formation because they thought it was dangerous.

Some humans truly think they are changing the natural landscape for good. Boy Scout leaders in Utah's Goblin Valley came under fire in 2013 for deliberately pushing over and toppling a 200-million-year-old rock formation known as a hoodoo.

A  toppled "hoodoo" in Utah's Goblin Valley.Shutterstock/oksana.perkins

The men filmed their conquest and cheered when it toppled, later claiming that they thought the unstable rock sculpture was "dangerous." The men later received probation for third-degree felony charges.

Source: Huffington Post, CNN

People in Everglades National Park tried to take home baby alligators as pets.

Not a pet.J. Pat Carter/AP

"In Shark Valley at the Everglades National Park, every now and then some idiots will try to steal baby gators. This is utterly stupid, not only for the fact that they grow up to be full size gators, but because when the little gators feel threatened, they cry, which attracts all the adult mama gators in the area. Which ends up being a huge problem since it's literally in the middle of the Everglades and swarming with gators." — Redditor Tragic-Story

A man dropped a rock from the top of a busy hiking trail in the Grand Canyon, nearly hitting several hikers.

The Grand Canyon.Shutterstock

Redditor kristyin says "You see every hiker see their impending death as this rock bounced of the canyon wall."

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