Way too close!

I came across the un-cropped version of this image on Yellowstone National Park’s Flickr pages.

Way too close! In Yellowstone, if there are bears near a road, there will, unfortunately, be people too close to the bears.

In Yellowstone, if there are bears near a road, there will, unfortunately, be people too close to the bears.

It must be an unwritten rule of some kind.   Why else would people violate the posted rules, not to mention common sense?

Safely Viewing Wildlife in Yellowstone (National Park Service)

Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable and dangerous. Learn about the hazards of visiting Yellowstone, including safety around bears, bison, wolves, coyotes, and ravens.

Do not approach bears or wolves on foot within 100 yards (91 m) or other wildlife within 25 yards (23 m). Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year, park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely.

  • Use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife.
  • Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal’s natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close! It is illegal to willfully remain near or approach wildlife, including birds, within ANY distance that disturbs or displaces the animal.

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