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Park Rangers To Lead Pokemon Go Tour In Silver Lake This Weekend

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Pokemon Go is great at getting people to go outdoors. This can sometimes lead to mishaps, like players falling off cliffs, or finding hidden cadavers, or getting stabbed. Still, it's a nice way for people to get some air, and the National Park Service has been quick to jump on this opportunity.

As we'd noted last week, a ranger with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area treated some Pokemon Go players with a guided tour. The ranger took them along the L.A. River in Marsh Park on Friday (perhaps to catch water Pokemon?). The next day, rangers took players on a morning hike around Griffith Park. Everyone had a blast, as evidenced by this tweet:

The event was so successful, in fact, that the National Park Service has planned yet another Pokemon Go outing. This Saturday, park rangers will hold another (free) walk at the Bellevue Recreation Center in the Silver Lake Area. The event will last from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will feature an appearance by "La Ranger Troca," a sort of mobile visitor center. The truck, we should mention, would make Xzibit blush:

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As noted by Zach Behrens, a National Park Service senior communications fellow, Pokemon Go players should use some degree of caution when scavenging the great outdoors. In a written statement, he said that rangers advise "users, whether they are playing a game or not, to stay on trails. Rattlesnakes, ticks, broken bones, and lost hikers are no fun to deal with." That's right, you might be able to recover after getting blasted with a "signal beam" by Butterfree, but rattlesnakes are nothing to mess with, ya hear?

The Bellevue Recreation Center is located at 826 Lucile Ave, Los Angeles.