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Pierce Brosnan is fined for leaving trail in Yellowstone National Park thermal area

Pierce Brosnan, a cast member in "The Out-Laws," poses at a screening of the film, on June 26, 2023, in Los Angeles. Brosnan pleaded guilty Thursday to stepping out of bounds in a thermal area during a November 2023 visit to Yellowstone National Park.
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Pierce Brosnan, a cast member in "The Out-Laws," poses at a screening of the film, on June 26, 2023, in Los Angeles. Brosnan pleaded guilty Thursday to stepping out of bounds in a thermal area during a November 2023 visit to Yellowstone National Park.

MAMMOTH, Wyo. — Pierce Brosnan, whose fictitious movie character James Bond has been in hot water plenty of times, pleaded guilty Thursday to stepping off a trail in a thermal area during a November visit to Yellowstone National Park.

Brosnan, who called in to the court hearing, was fined $500 and ordered to make a $1,000 donation to Yellowstone Forever — a nonprofit organization that supports the park — by April 1, court records said.

A second petty offense, for violating closures and use limits, was dismissed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Hambrick.

Brosnan's attorney, Karl Knuchel, was not immediately available for comment.

Brosnan, 70, walked in an off-limits area at Mammoth Terraces, in the northern part of Yellowstone near the Wyoming-Montana line, on Nov. 1, according to the citations. He was in the park on a personal visit and not for film work, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Wyoming has said.

Mammoth Terraces is a scenic spot of mineral-encrusted hot springs bubbling from a hillside. They are just some of the park's hundreds of thermal features, which range from spouting geysers to gurgling mud pots, with water at or near the boiling point.

Going out-of-bounds in such areas can be dangerous: Some of the millions of people who visit Yellowstone each year get badly burned by ignoring warnings not to stray off the trail.

Getting caught can bring legal peril, too, with jail time, hefty fines and bans from the park handed down to trespassers regularly.

In addition to his four James Bond films, Brosnan starred in the 1980s TV series "Remington Steele" and is known for starring roles in the films "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "The Thomas Crown Affair."

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The Associated Press
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