Other drone users just warned-

What rangers saw as a bad attitude by an illegal drone user in Grand Teton National Park resulted in the first ticket for drone use in that national park. According to the Jackson Hole News the man had got his drone stuck in a tree in the Gros Ventre Campground. When rangers came to provide “education” to the man with the stuck drone, not a ticket, the man’s behavior got him a ticket for “disorderly conduct.”  Other would be drone users in the Park got a lecture rather than a ticket, although someone didn’t get the message and flew a drone at a bison.

Drone use is now temporarily illegal in all units of the National Park System while the Park Service devises rules. Many people and groups want the temporary ban to become permanent with few to no exceptions. A few exceptions are currently allowed.

The News article says Yellowstone Park has so far been drone free.

We have written two earlier articles on drones and wildlife and the drone ban in the Parks. See Park Service bans private drones. June 21, 2014. Drones: both a menace and savior to wildlife. May 27, 2014.

The Jackson Hole News article gives a variety of information about recent drone use. Despite ban in parks, drones are in the air. Jackson Hole News and Guide. 

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

20 Responses to First ticket given to a drone user in Grand Teton National Park

  1. avatar ramses09 says:

    9/11 started it – now the drones WILL be the downfall of this country.

  2. avatar ramses09 says:

    In my opinion – how in the hell do you regulate drone use in a National Park system??? You can’t. You won’t be able to.

  3. avatar Ida Lupines says:

    Good! I hate ‘attitude’.

  4. avatar WM says:


  5. avatar Ralph Maughan says:

    I wonder use of firearms to shoot down illegal or sort of illegal drones might be a way of using firearms legally?

    • avatar Amre says:

      I don’t think thats the most practical option.

    • avatar Jake Jenson says:

      Time for defenses against drones technology becoming available for the public mostly consisting of signal jamming or blocking technology. Drop the invasive drone then give it a good stomping. Another toy one might need at the TH or campground? I’d be against shooting at them because where does that bullet end up?

  6. avatar Larry says:

    The stupid congressional approval for firearms in national parks will come back to bite when someone whacks a drone out of the sky with a lodgepole pine limb and the drone owner is packing and only has half the bottle left.

  7. avatar WM says:

    Speaking of drones and national parks, we just returned from a quick trip to Olympic National Park (90% of this NP is designated Wilderness) to look at the Perseid Meteor showers, which are at their best this week, before the moon gets bright. Drove to the top of Hurricane Ridge which reaches deep within the Park (but is not in Wilderness), and mostly had the mountain to ourselves. Two other cars and it looked like there might have been more smooching than star gazing in one of them).

    Several of the long exposure photos we took had strange dots – looked like somebody just took the ….. button and left it down, in white across a black star lit sky. Well, we got some good meteor trails, but also some satellites and airplanes with their darns strobes doing the “……..” business. Maybe we could zap them too. And, when we say wilderness, “untrammeled by man,” I guess the heavens are an exception (as well as about 1,000 feet above wilderness which, I think is the FAA rule).

  8. avatar Immer Treue says:

    How to deal with drones.

  9. avatar Jeff Martin says:

    Rx; 12ga,3 1/2″ mag with non-tox # 2s


August 2014


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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