Time after time, some Yellowstone tourists insist on going against every warning they’ve heard about wild animals, opting to place their fates in Darwin’s hands instead.
One of the most blatant examples of people going against their own survival instincts comes from a couple of tourists caught on camera fully sprinting toward a mother black bear and her cubs as they grazed on the side of the road. Making this even more egregious is the fact that one of the men was carrying a young child.
Luckily the animals had more sense than the humans, and ran away before anything dangerous or stupid could happen:
This is absolutely insane.
A group of tourists in Yellowstone was spotted exiting their cars and sprinting towards a mama bear and her two cubs.
One of the tourists had a child in his arms. pic.twitter.com/jZhP3skfdH
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) September 13, 2023
The “insane” footage was captured by South Carolinian William Brice Spencer, who ended up selling it to Storyful.
Thankfully, nothing happened to either the animals or the tourists, but there is just something about the bears that makes people very curious.
In another example of what not to do in the wild, a video posted by the “Tourons of Yellowstone” Instagram account shows multiple people come uncomfortably close to a bear feasting on a fresh elk carcass. It becomes immediately clear that the bear is agitated by the attention, growing protective over its food as it tries to eat.
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“Some might think that this griz would be too occupied to care about the tourons, but this is probably one of the most dangerous positions to be in,” reads the caption of the video. “Grizzly Bears become very protective when it comes to their food, the griz might think that these ppl are a threat and it would take him literally seconds to reach one of these tourons!”
“Obviously no ranger was present, and those children being there and so close just gives me massive amounts of anxiety! There is a reason you should keep 100 yards or more from bears, especially Grizzlies.”
Social media users shared their common sense and sarcasm with the “tourons” sprinting at the mother bear:
I don’t really see the problem here. They saw some bears and he wanted the kid to see them too. How often are they going to have the opportunity to see some bears? Besides, if worse comes to worse they can throw the baby at the bear to distract it as they’re running away.
— BananasTheFox (@BananasFox) September 14, 2023
Even as someone who’s been charged by a black bear who had cubs nearby (hiking), I feel awful for those bears . How would those men’s wives feel if a giant man sprinted at them in a grocery store parking lot while they held their baby?
— Gretchen Lynn (@Bubola) September 13, 2023
Q: How do I get transformed into bear crap?
A: This is the way.
— Law of Self Defense (@LawSelfDefense) September 13, 2023
Live footage of them 5 minutes later pic.twitter.com/OTYDQDbA0l
— Ropirito (0commoDTE) (@ropirito) September 14, 2023
It’s the Fafo family. They’re related to the Darwins down the street. Nice people!
— James V. Barcia (@jamesbarcia) September 13, 2023
Find the parent- put them in prison for reckless endangerment- because that’s exactly what it is
— Nary (@binarydances) September 14, 2023
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