Tourists Chased by Black Bear Mother at Yellowstone Park

After getting to close to a few cubs, several tourists at Yellowstone National Park got a scare when a mother black bear protected its young.
Black Bear Yellowstone attack
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Animal attacks can be violent and deadly.

Luckily, a group of tourists walked away unscathed after getting too close to a group of bear cubs at Yellowstone National Park earlier this week.

According to NBC News:

A watchful black bear sow sent the curious onlookers running after they crowded her three cubs in a section of the park in Montana. “Keep going! Go! Go!” Yellowstone Park Ranger John Kerr is heard yelling as the tourists scatter in a video.

“These tourists were absolutely in danger,” Bob Gibson, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Communication & Education Program Manager, told NBC News. “Black bears are usually shy of people. But you put them with their cubs and they get really protective. You never want to be between a bear and its cub.”

“… Had they been the young of the year and 10 days old, the mom would have been all over the tourists,” Gibson told NBC News in relation the cubs’ age and how bad the attack could have been.

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