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Drones now banned in all National Parks

Drones now banned in all National Parks
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Drones are all over the news lately - and all over national parks, apparently.

Following Yosemite's lead, the National Park Service has banned drones in all national parks. The service said there were increasing noise and nuisance complaints from park visitors.

Last September, an unmanned aircraft flew above evening visitors seated in the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater. Park rangers concerned for visitors’ safety confiscated the unmanned aircraft.

In April, visitors at Grand Canyon National Park gathered for a quiet sunset, which was interrupted by a loud unmanned aircraft flying back and forth and eventually crashing in the canyon. Later in the month, volunteers at Zion National Park witnessed an unmanned aircraft disturb a herd of bighorn sheep, reportedly separating adults from young animals.

The agency says this is a temporary measure, but a more permanent regulation is being prepared.

Are you heading out to the now more-peaceful National Parks? Get maps and brochures of the parks here.

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