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Helicopter landing in California park in the middle of super bloom



(CNN) – Why wait like everyone else in traffic to see the spectacular super bloom in California? A brazen couple decided to skip the lines and helicopters in the popular Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

Officials stressed that it is illegal to land helicopters in the poppy reserve.

  A helicopter is discovered at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on Monday.

A helicopter is discovered at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve on Monday.

Visitors to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Officials at Southern California parks have tried to protect sensitive wildflowers from being trampled by exaggerated visitors this season.

The helicopter landed at noon Monday, said Jorge Moreno, a California State Park Information Officer. When a ranger arrived to talk to them, the two people took the helicopter out.

When asked if there were any fines or consequences for the couple, Gloria Sandoval, deputy head of public affairs for California State Parks, said: "At this point, it is under investigation."

  This shot of WorldView-2 satellite shows a long line of cars along the roads leading to Walker Canyon trailhead.

This image of the WorldView-2 satellite shows a long line of cars along the roads leading to Walker Canyon trailhead.

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] The wildflower super flower is so popular, they are exceeded and trampled by visitors. Along with traffic jams, crushed flowers, and abundant public toilets, authorities earlier this month closed temporary access to Walker Canyon in Lake Elsinore to the swarms of tourists flocking there to take the perfect Instagram image of the bright orange parrots.

  People visit a "super flower" of wild poppies covering the mountains of Walker Canyon on March 12, 2019 near Lake Elsinore, California. Heavier than normal winter rains in California have caused a "booming" of wildflowers in different local conditions.

People visit a "super flower" of wild poppies covering the mountains of Walker Canyon on March 12, 2019 near Lake Elsinore, California. Heavier than normal winter rains in California have caused a "booming" of wildflowers in various parts of the state.

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The antelope California Poppy Reserve has also seen large crowds with visitors waiting about 30 minutes to over an hour to enter.

The state park officials have told the hordes of visitors to stay on selected tracks and stop picking and stomping the flowers to get a photo. They have emphasized the rules for social media using the hashtag #DontDoomTheBloom. The authorities say that people even go illegally into the park through barbed wire screws and crush the flowers. "It just takes some to harden the habitats over the next few years," said Twitter.

"You can see the damage on the part of the track where people went out," Moreno said. "People take care of the flowers or put on the flowers and that's where the flowers won't grow back because so many people go out on the track."

CNN's Gianluca Mezzofiore contributed to this report.


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