U.S. Park Rangers are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who dangerously approached a grizzly bear mom and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park on May 10, according to an Instagram post Tuesday by the park.
The incident took place around 4:45 p.m. May 10 at the north end of the Roaring Mountain Parking lot.
“An unidentified woman approached a female grizzly bear and her two cubs … The female grizzly charged the woman who turned and walked away from the bears,” the post read.
Rangers described the woman as a mid-30’s, heavy-set white woman with brown hair wearing black clothing. In a video of the incident, the woman can be standing dangerously close to the grizzly and filming it. When the grizzly charges, the woman quickly turns and walks away. The video of the incident has made its rounds on social media, with most people criticizing the woman for not exercising more caution.
“This is a very good example of what not to do when you see a grizzly bear with her cubs in a national park,” one commenter wrote on Instagram. “Once the line between wildlife and visitors is breached, it can spiral into horrific situations for both the public and the animals in their natural habitat.”
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