Officials Urge Caution as Pokémon App Sweeps Nation

Authorities nationwide are urging users to stay vigilant when playing the game.

— -- After reports of Pokémon Go players falling prey to thieves, trespassing and even stumbling upon a dead body, officials are cautioning users to be aware of their surroundings before they end up becoming the next unfortunate headline.

"Yes, it might be tempting to go after that Snorlax near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or the Venusaur hanging out in the chamber of the Jefferson Memorial, but remember that there are places of solemn reflection here at the National Mall where playing Pokemon just isn't appropriate," the post said.

The Facebook post added that visitors are welcome to try their luck in other places, like the Constitution Gardens, where "a visitor had a close call with a renegade Zubat."

Niantic, the company behind the app, told ABC News that they "encourage all people playing Pokémon GO to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places."

"Please remember to be safe and alert at all times," the company added.

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