Forest Service: Stop taking ‘selfies’ with bears

28 Oct 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

Lake Tahoe Hikers Taking Too Many Dangerous Bear Selfies.

“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It is presenting a safety issue.The Forest Service has asked visitors hungry for photos and videos in South Lake Tahoe, California, to give the bears some space for the safety of both tourist and beast. “Bears are unpredictable, wild animals and may attack if threatened,” Forest Supervisor Nancy Gibson said in a statement. “We can’t have visitors creating dangerous situations for themselves and others. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.” “There were like 30 people taking pictures of themselves with the bears,” Buapet told ABC News. “I was concerned.

Taylor Creek usually sees an increase in bears around this time of year because they feed on kokanee salmon, which make their annual swim through the creek. You never know what’s going to happen with bears, but people just stuck around.” It’s a good idea to avoid areas where you know bears might turn up. However, for the tourists at Taylor Creek, where the annual kokanee salmon ruin attracts many hungry bears, it seems nothing is too much for a risk for the right Instagram brag.

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