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Photos: A National Park Ranger Leads Pokemon Go Trainers As They Hunt For Pokemon

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Pokemon Go fever! Catch it!

As we all know by now, the game has taken off like a wildfire started by one of Charizard's flame bursts. #Brands are cashing in on the craze—though we can't get too annoyed when a wonderful public service gets in on the fun for the greater good. Also getting in on the Pokemon hunt is the National Park Service, which has seen visitors at each of their 412 units finding Pokemon in their great outdoors.

Here's National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis welcoming all Pokemon trainers:

Attention Trainers: We're so excited you're headed out to the parks. Go #FindYourPark & catch 'em all! #PokemonGo

— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) July 12, 2016
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On Friday afternoon, a ranger with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area took Pokemon trainers on a guided walk along the L.A. River in Marsh Park. While catching virtual creatures on their phone, hikers also took in real wildlife.

(Marsh Park is administered by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, which partners with the National Park Service.)

"Why not combine the fun of catching the game's non-native creatures with learning about local wildlife and habitats?" asked National Park Service Senior Communications Fellow Zach Behrens said in a press release. "Here's to catching Ekans, Squirtles, and Butterfrees while respectfully observing real snakes, turtles, and butterflies!"

Rangers will be leading another Pokemon hunt this morning in Griffith Park at 10 a.m. Meet up at the merry-go-round at 4730 Crystal Springs Dr. Good luck!