The National Park Service social media team continues to produce some of the greatest posts and PSAs of any government organization. I actually challenge you to find a federal government social media page that’s more entertaining.

This recent message is pretty obvious, but sometimes people have to be reminded. Don’t try to shove your friend over so you can escape a charging bear, even if that friend hasn’t been very great lately.

RELATED: National Parks Service Hilarious PSA In Response To Tourist-Animal Encounters

National Park Service’s humorous PSA

National Park Service:

“Seeing a bear in the wild is a special treat for any visitor to a national park. While it is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that bears in national parks are wild and can be dangerous.

If you do encounter a bear in the woods, stay calm and remember that most bears do not want to attack you; they usually just want to be left alone. Don’t we all? ⁣⁣Identify yourself by making noise so the bear knows you are a human and not a prey animal. We recommend using your voice. Waving and showing off your opposable thumb means nothing to the bear. You could also read aloud the passive aggressive email you wrote to Carol after she wanted to schedule a meeting at 4:30 on a Friday. The bear may come closer or stand on its hind legs to get a better understanding of Carol’s audacity. However, a standing bear is usually curious, not threatening.⁣⁣

What else should you know?

🐻 Running may trigger a chase response in a bear and you can’t outrun a bear. Bears in Yellowstone, for example, chase down elk calves all the time. You do not want to look like a slow elk calf. (Apologies to the elk calf.)⁣

🐻 In most cases, climbing a tree is not your best choice. Many bears can climb trees (especially if there is something up the tree that the bear wants). Also, when was the last time you climbed a tree?⁣

🐻 Running to a tree or frantically climbing a tree may also provoke a bear to chase you. If the former friend you pushed down somehow made it up a tree and is now extending you a hand, there’s a good chance it’s a trap. Karma’s a bear.”

Unofficial Networks Newsletter

Get the latest snow and mountain lifestyle news and entertainment delivered to your inbox.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.