Bighorns harassed by drones at Zion National Park

SALT LAKE CITY— Officials at Zion National Park say someone has been hovering a drone above the park’s bighorn sheep.

Park volunteers saw a herd of sheep scatter after being buzzed by an unmanned aerial vehicle on the weekend of April 20-21, separating the animals from their young.

Park Superintendent Jim Milestone said in a statement Monday it’s illegal to fly a drone in the park in southwest Utah. Violators could be subject to up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Drones are controlled by embedded computers or by remote control.

Rangers have reported a climb in their use within the park in recent months.

In addition to harassing sheep and disrupting birds, some visitors have complained the drones interrupt their wilderness experience. Some also have reported they feel unsafe.


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