The National Park Service in Yellowstone would very much like to have a word with a woman who insanely decided to get out of her car near several grizzlies and take pics via her phone. One of the bears charged her and she was very lucky to escape getting mauled to death.
Yellowstone National Park is a natural wonder where tourists can view many forms of wildlife running free. They are warned to not interact with or feed the bears. Every year a number of people are killed by bears while camping or going to the restroom in national forests and parks. This woman evidently didn’t get the memo.
When an animal is in the near vicinity of a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, visitors are admonished to give it space. Yellowstone National Park guidelines state that visitors must stay 25 yards away from all large animals which include bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, wolves, and coyotes.
Park rangers are now looking for the woman who is described as white and in her mid-30s with brown hair, wearing black clothing. Park rules mandate staying a minimum of 100 yards away from bears. You are also advised to not get out of your car with bears in the area. She obviously ignored that life-saving advice.
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“U.S. Park Rangers of Yellowstone National Park are investigating an incident of a woman approaching wildlife at Roaring Mountain,” the park service stated on Instagram Wednesday. “On May 10, 2021 at approximately 4:45 PM, an unidentified woman approached a female grizzly bear and her two cubs at the north end of the Roaring Mountain parking lot.”
Another tourist named Darcie Addington who videoed the altercation from her car reported that the woman went up to the bear to get a photo even though she had been warned by others not to do so. After the bear charged her, the woman just calmly walked away unscathed. “It was terrifying,” Addington asserted.
Commenters on Facebook had no sympathy for the woman.
“If they didn’t euthanize the bears, I would fully support them eating a few tourists each year,” commented Ken Weisz.
“People really just act like they are seeing squirrels at their local park. She’s lucky she didn’t get yeeted out of existence,” remarked Shiloh Barksdale.
“I guess this Darwin Award recipient thinks she’s at a petting zoo,” Lacy Teel snarked. “She’s lucky to be alive and lucky she didn’t cause the death of this mother and her cubs.”
There is at least one bear attack a year within the park. Sometimes more than that. Horrific attacks occurred within the park in 2011 and 2015. Three people were killed by bears.
Deadly bear attacks are on the rise. A woman was killed by a black bear near Durango, Colorado last month, and a Montana man was mauled to death by a grizzly near Yellowstone in May. A bear accused of attacking a tourist is usually euthanized.
It is unclear what the penalty is for violating the rules regarding bears in Yellowstone aside from getting killed or seriously injured. It is a fineable offense.
Twitter was not impressed with the clueless Karen:
They give you literature when you enter the park warning you of the dangers of approaching wildlife. Especially bears. People act like Yellowstone Park is one big giant petting zoo. Idiots.
— Lovin’ Life in the desert🌵 (@AzHappyin) May 12, 2021
I was just in Yellowstone last week and the number of smooth brains getting selfies with bison near the boardwalks was disgusting. Darwin awards candidates.
— Stephanie (@Slaymistress) May 14, 2021
Wow that is just absolute stupidity to get that close to a grizzly bear. Please respect their space and leave them alone. Take photos from a distance and zoom in for goodness sake
— Kelly Eirich (@fibrogirl96) May 12, 2021
Her “fight or flight” response was to act like bait
— MWL (@MWL18993380) May 12, 2021
I think she is too stupid to even realize how lucky she was…I mean,,,WOW,,this is a MAMA GRIZZLY with 2 cubs !
— DLee (@MeDontheDL) May 12, 2021
When these people get attacked because of their stupid antics I start rooting for the wildlife.
— Patrick Thornton (@jsualumnus) May 12, 2021
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