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If you are traveling to see some of America’s National Parks with the family this summer, be forewarned: your new flying camera rig is not welcome.

Yosemite National Parks has put the smack down on tourists bringing in remote-controlled quadcopters to capture images of the breathtaking landscape and they want visitors to know drones of “all shapes and sizes” are illegal.

Park officials posted a warning on Yosemite’s Facebook page for inbound tourists; ”We’ve seen an increase in visitors using drones within park boundaries over the last few years, so we just wanted to point out that using a drone in Yosemite is prohibited.” The post continues:

“Drones have been witnessed filming climbers ascending climbing routes, filming views above tree-tops, and filming aerial footage of the park. Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel … Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls. ”

Charles Warren, an environmental lawyer and former EPA regional administrator pointed out drone operators may run into trouble with some of the lesser-known wildlife regulations.

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Source: The Blaze

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