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Offline paul  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:59:37 AM(UTC)
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Are you ready for your facepalm moment of the week, and perhaps the year? Bear selfies are now a thing on social media. Not only are tourists taking selfies with bears in the background, but it's happening so frequently at South Lake Ta[censored] that officials with the U.S. Forest Service have had to issue a warning against doing it.

"People have been rushing up to the bears to take selfies and videos with them," Lisa Herron, a public affairs officer for the Lake Ta[censored] Basin Management Unit, told Mashable. "A bear will come and whole mobs of people will charge up to them to take photos.

Bear attacks on humans aren't all that common, though if provoked, they may charge. In fact, Herron's staff just recently received a report of a charging bear. She notes that although they may "seem big and lumbering," black bears are actually "very, very fast."

"We just want to remind people to stay on the trails and respect the wildlife. If you encounter a bear, it's best to back away slowly to another area," Herron says.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife organization posted this photo to Twitter imploring people not to take selfies with bears.

According to separate reports, park officials have even considered closing down the area if the problem doesn't stop. At this point, it's become a safety issue and they're afraid that someone is going to get attacked. And it's not just chance encounters on trails that are leading to selfies. Herron says that people are stopping their cars along California State Route 89 and running across the highway to get a closer look at the hungry bears.
Offline alkarnur  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:01:04 AM(UTC)
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Quit standing in the way of natural selection.

Offline BrianWilliams  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 7:35:40 AM(UTC)
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I think we need to let Darwin sort this one out.

Offline mernerion  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:55:54 AM(UTC)
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LOL it's not fun unless you add a little bit of a risk factor ;)

Offline realneil  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 3:55:36 PM(UTC)
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I say we leave it up to the Bears,.....................LOL! Go ahead, make their day!!

I lived in Alaska for four years and saw people crowding bears a lot of times.

Offline StephenTownsley  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:50:49 PM(UTC)
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Don't blame the bear, blame the Darwin Award nominees

Offline JoshuaJordan  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:50:50 PM(UTC)
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nope if some one is that stupid they need to be killed before they have offspring

Offline GaryWiedel  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:50:51 PM(UTC)
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Natural selection needs a way to operate among humans. This sounds like one of those ways.

Offline GaryLee  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:53:50 PM(UTC)
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Taking selfies with a grizzly bear? Does the stupid never end?

Offline Joel H  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:24:27 PM(UTC)
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If the President can pardon a turkey for Thanksgiving, he can pardon a bear for chlorinating the gene pool.

Offline Earl1  
#11 Posted : Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:54:49 AM(UTC)
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The fact they need to warn people about that should speak to everyone.

Offline starwhite  
#12 Posted : Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:57:15 AM(UTC)
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:-) I was watching a Vintage "Walt Disney Presents" that aired every Sunday when I was a kid...it was your typical nuclear family circa 1961, Mom, Dad, 2 kids touring Yellowstone National park with an Air stream trailer in tow and their Now vintage station wagon...Pop gets out to have Mom take a selfie of him feeding a Momma Bear (cubs were on the fringe to shy to come forward) marshmallows out of a bag...apparently he wasn't fast enough...HE was wearing a winter coat...Momma Bear got pissed and growled, she swiped him pretty good with her claws...all of a sudden half his coat was shredded...I swear, even on the early color film his face turned white...I'm sure his pants were full...HE dropped the full bag of marshmallows on the ground and weakly walked away, 'lets go Dear'! GET in the car! Jim Carey himself could not have done better! LOL! The Disney narrator on the film was 'Its not good to feed the Bears'!

Offline starwhite  
#13 Posted : Sunday, November 2, 2014 8:20:12 AM(UTC)
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Getting a selfie with a Bear isn't advised, unless its a stuffed one.

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