Man pleads guilty to illegal guiding in Zion Park

Man pleads guilty to illegal guiding in Zion Park

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A Spanish Fork man has pleaded guilty to illegal guiding in Zion National Park.

Superintendent Jock Whitworth says Dennis Fisher entered his plea Aug. 17 in St. George. He was fined $1,000 and banned from Zion National Park for two years.

Park officials say Fisher and his company advertised guided canyoneering trips in Zion. Two undercover park service rangers took one of Fisher's trips through Mystery Canyon in July, which led to the filing of criminal charges against Fisher.

Commercial operations are not allowed in most of the park's backcountry, including canyoneering routes.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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