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Forest Service Warns People to Stop Taking Selfies With Bears
There are some things that you would think wouldn’t have to spelled out for people. The list just seems to be getting shorter and shorter.
The latest item to be crossed off the above mentioned list is telling people not to “take selfies with bears.” That’s exactly what officials with the U.S. Forest Service, at Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe, are doing.
The creek is the site of a massive annual kokanee salmon run upstream, which also attracts hungry bears looking to nab a meal. Lately the spectacle has also been attracting loads of selfie-drunk photographers, equip with smartphones, hunting a different prey – another social media selfie profile photo.
“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
The area closes for the season in a few days, but the situation has become so serious that if it continues next spring then the Forest Service will consider shutting some photographer-heavy spots.
“It is very possible, yes,” Herron said. “It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”