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The high country of Yosemite in late spring

Source: Photo credit John Dreyer / Getty

WTHR.com is reporting that human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior is going on in fragile areas and are beginning to overwhelm some of the iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas open to visitors but with little staff on duty.

“It’s a free-for-all,” Dakota Snider, 24, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley, said by telephone Monday, as Yosemite National Park officials announced closings of some minimally supervised campgrounds and public areas within the park that are overwhelmed.

“It’s so heartbreaking. There is more trash and human waste and disregard for the rules than I’ve seen in my four years living here,” Snider said.

Read the full story at WTHR.com