Yellowstone Park advises against selfies with bison


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    "The (woman) said they knew they were doing something wrong but thought it was OK because other people were nearby," park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett told the Associated Press.
    Like other people being nearby will help you if a 2000 pound bison decides he doesn't like you.

    What's next? Grizzlies?


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    @ChrisH said:

    What's next? Grizzlies?

    Grizly selfies are sooo last year





  • If nothing else, the nearby people could help identify which blood smear was a discrete individual, I suppose.

    Shame the selfish selfie snappers failed to snap up a Darwin Award.


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    @Kuro said:

    Now you'd wish your goverment would make [regulations concerning selflies][1], huh?

    No. Evolution is not working fast enough as it is, no need to hinder it further.



  • My friend told me yesterday that the bison attacks are at an all time high this year, or so his former coworkers at Yellowstone have told him.



  • The other sad thing is that people continue to feed bears and other wildlife despite many signs in the parks, and fines. Usually they do this from their car though, so sadly Darwin won't kick in for them and some other unlucky visitors are likely to suffer the consequences.

    Local officials here just put out another public notice yesterday asking visitors to report anyone seen feeding wildlife.

    Parks Canada video: People feeding bears in Banff fined – 00:19
    — CBC Calgary



  • To give you an idea of the average intelligence level...my dad told a story about when he and my mother were in Yellowstone for their honeymoon.

    This guy was teasing a bear cub with a doughnut, holding it up, trying to get the cub to stand up. The bear cub was trying to reach up and pull his arm down. They met in the middle, one claw hooked in the guy's long sleeve, which the cub then slit from wrist to arm pit in one slick sweep, just like a razor blade.

    Dad said the guy backed off, looked at the cub askance, then shrugged and went back to teasing it.

    Cause and effect is too much for some people to handle.



  • The average person isn't stupid! They're of average intelligence by definition!

    Somehow, there are people who believe this.



  • @CoyneTheDup said:

    This guy was teasing a bear cub with a doughnut, ... the cub then slit from wrist to arm pit in one slick sweep, just like a razor blade.

    That's bad enough, but where there's a cub, there's a mama. Mama bears take a dim view of their cubs being messed with. Mama's probably going to care more about the person messing with her cub than with grabbing a doughnut, and she's got longer arms and bigger claws than the cub.

    Anybody that doesn't understand this really deserves a Darwin Award.



  • Indeed. I once read a humorous advisory on how to deal with an encounter with a bear (without you having a gun, of course).

    For every piece of advice there was also a caveat.

    • Play dead! The bear might like carrion, though.
    • Be loud and try to scare the bear! You might scare it into attacking, however.
    • Stand still and silent. The bear might attack you for not leaving its grounds, though.
    • Back away slowly. The bear might thus just mistake you for prey, however.
    • Climb the next tree. Some bears love climbing trees as well, though.

    You get the gist :)





  • In general, you want to convince the bear that messing with you is not a good idea. If that's by going onto a branch the bear would fall ff from, fine. It's generally easier & better to be confident & noisy, though.

    This is not legal advice. Your stuation may vary. Please consult with your doctor before taking ScarePills.



  • @ChrisH said:

    Like other people being nearby will help you if a 2000 pound bison decides he doesn't like you.

    I would post a video if it existed by itself, but... Imagine the scene from Shadow of Mordor where Celebrimbor goes "Don't you see? The prisoner has created a distraction!"



  • A friend and I were going on a backpacking trip in Maine. We had debated which strategy to use if we encountered a bear, but we kept going round-and-round for all the reasons you listed. We never did settle on what we were going to do.

    So the first day of the hike, we see a bear in the middle of the trail. My friend's natural reaction was to shout, "OMG! IT'S A BEAR! THIS IS AWESOME! GET YOUR CAMERA! GET YOUR CAMERA!" The bear ran away.



  • @swayde said:

    http://cdn1.buuteeq.com/upload/3362/y9kmz-1.jpg.441x331_93_53_7831.jpg

    The bells are actually a terrible idea; my bear training in Yellowstone said do not use bells or pans or noise makers since bears are used to that indicating "human" now.

    And by pepper spray, this is what they mean:

    it has a range of 30 feet and empties in 5 seconds.



  • @rad131304 said:

    that indicating "human" now

    From working in the circus?



  • @swayde said:

    @rad131304 said:
    that indicating "human" now

    From working in the circus?

    Mostly from backpackers wearing bells and using pots clanking to scare wildlife. They've become acclimated to it in many areas, especially places like Yellowstone with a lot of backpacking.



  • The best protection against wildlife with malicious intent is a travelling companion or two, and a good pair of running shoes.

    You don't have to run faster than the bear / lion / tiger/ outraged father. You just have to run faster than the guys with you.



  • @loose said:

    The best protection against wildlife with malicious intent is an out of shape travelling companion or two, and a good pair of running shoes.

    You don't have to run faster than the bear / lion / tiger/ outraged father. You just have to run faster than the guys with you.

    FTFY



  • @rad131304 said:

    The bells are actually a terrible idea; my bear training in Yellowstone said do not use bells or pans or noise makers since bears are used to that indicating "human" now.

    Isn't that the point they are making though? It's so you don't take the bears by surprise.



  • @Zecc said:

    @rad131304 said:
    The bells are actually a terrible idea; my bear training in Yellowstone said do not use bells or pans or noise makers since bears are used to that indicating "human" now.

    Isn't that the point they are making though? It's so you don't take the bears by surprise.

    That may be the point the sign is making, but my training course said that the bears may associate the sounds with humans carrying food. That will put you at greater risk if you encounter a hungry bear.


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