Tourists Attempt to Snap a Close-Range Photo of Grizzly Bear: They Quickly Learn a Valuable Lesson

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.09 - 2023 10:09 AM CET

Photo: Instagram
Photo: Instagram
They Quickly Learn a Valuable Lesson.

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A startling encounter with a grizzly bear and her cub at Grand Teton National Park served as a stark reminder of the dangers of wildlife interaction. Captured on video by a bystander, the incident involved two tourists who found themselves in a perilous situation after stopping to photograph the bears.

The tourists, standing outside their car, were focused on capturing images of the bear and her cub. However, their presence agitated the mother bear, who felt compelled to defend her young. In response, she charged at the tourists, demonstrating the impressive speed of grizzlies, which can reach up to 35mph.

A Narrow Escape

One of the tourists managed to quickly get back into the car, while the other, in a desperate move, climbed onto the vehicle's roof. Despite grizzlies' ability to climb, as noted by the National Park Service (NPS), the mother bear did not pursue further, instead turning her attention to another tourist nearby.

This incident, now viewable online(Watch below), was highlighted by the Instagram account TouronsOfNationalParks, known for showcasing reckless behavior in natural settings. The account features various incidents, including risky photo attempts and inappropriate interactions with wildlife.

Grand Teton National Park, inhabited by both black bears and grizzlies, often witnesses human-bear encounters.

While these bears typically avoid humans, they can become aggressive if they perceive a threat to themselves, their young, or their food sources.