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Your Yellowstone Park Selfies May Be Illegal (Thanks to E. Coli)

Wyoming lawmakers pass far-reaching legislation in an effort obscure a potential health hazard.

Submit a picture like this to a Parks Service photo contest, and you could be looking at a year in the hoosegow. Image by Daniel Mayer via Wikimedia Commons

Submitting pictures of your camping trip at Yellowstone National Park to any photo contest sponsored by a government agency is now a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. As ridiculous as this might sound, according to a Wyoming statute signed into law this spring, collection of data—a designation that includes photographs and video—on “open land” with the intent to submit it to “any agency of the state or federal government” is now illegal. According to a recent article in Slate by law professor Justin Pidot,

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If the Government Shuts Down, Don't Worry: Federal Coal Auctions Will Go On

The Bureau of Land Management has assured coal barons that public land will be available to buy and plunder, government shutdown or no.

Last month, the Obama administration announced a massive expansion of coal mining in Wyoming, offering leases on four enormous tracts, totaling around 7,441 acres, of public land and containing an estimated 758 million tons of coal. The leases are supposed to be auctioned off over the next few months.

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