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Video: People crazy about getting bear photos

A sow black bear with three cubs tries to find her way out of a traffic jam of tourists in Yellowstone National Park.
A sow black bear with three cubs tries to find her way out of a traffic jam of tourists in Yellowstone National Park.

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I'll refrain from commenting on this widely seen recent video of tourists crowding around a Yellowstone Park black bear sow and her three cubs.  Until park staff ordered the visitors to their vehicles, the bear had a hard time finding an escape route. No one was hurt in this case, but....

OK, I'll say one thing:  This is more evidence that humans continue to be stupid about wildlife.

Outdoor writer Brett French of the Billings Gazette reports:

Tourists near Gardiner got an up-close reminder about why it's best to keep your distance from wildlife.

Bob Gibson, who works for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, shot a photo in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday evening, May 6, of a sow black bear and her three cubs caught on a bridge over the Yellowstone River, between Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, and Cooke City.

Gibson was with videographer Winston Greely, who shot video of the encounter.

As FWP wrote, "Luckily, no one was hurt and these bears made it safely back to the forest."




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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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