As autumn’s wind blows into the Rocky Mountains, bears are beginning their annual forage before heading towards their long winter naps.
However, as the bears come into the open and subsequently gorge themselves on berries, tourists are getting their fill of ego and stupidity via their own Instagram accounts. Actually, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife have closed a popular hiking trail after selfie taking tourists posed a problem for park officials.
“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try to get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears,” Brandon Ransom told Denver 9 News. Ransom serves as the manager of Denver Water’s manager of recreation.
And that said, it appears as though bears are not the only ones who dislike selfie taking tourists.
- Earlier in the summer, a woman was flipped by a Bison in Yellowstone National Park while getting up close and selfie-personal with the animal just near the entrance to the park.
- In California a man suffered life-threatening complications after a rattlesnake bit the man while he attempted to take a selfie with the camera-shy snake.
So in order to avoid becoming a footnote in this years upcoming Darwin Awards, the Waterton Canyon trail will remain closed until the bears begin retreating to their den’s.
“We’re monitoring things closely and we do hope to be able to reopen it soon and when we do that everyone can keep their distance from the wildlife”– Denver Water Official