Pokemon Go players invited to search Indiana State Parks

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 12, 2016, file photo, Pinsir, a Pokemon, is found by a group of Pokemon Go players at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami as the "Pokemon Go" craze has sent legions of players hiking around cities and battling with "pocket monsters" on their smartphones. Nintendo suffered as a latecomer to smartphone games but is seeing the deep wealth of its franchise characters pay off with the success of “Pokemon Go,” even without a launch yet in Japan. The Japanese game maker was starting to look like a casualty of history until the game was launched in the U.S. earlier this month. Not anymore. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Indiana’s state parks are hoping the Pokemon Go craze will bring a new group of visitors who are as interested in spotting a fictional Pikachu or Venomoth as they are in seeing a raccoon or scarlet tanager.

The visitors are players of the widely popular Pokemon Go mobile game.

The game has resulted in increased traffic to state parks, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

As of this week, Indiana’s 24 state parks, state forests and eight reservoir properties were home to more than 200 locations for the game.

Pokemon players must also follow property rules, according to the Indiana DNR.

The rules include observing park hours, which are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at most Indiana state parks. Players should not enter after regular hours of operation. Players should also stay on designated trails. Players should leave no trace behind.


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