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Bear Jam: Black bear and her cubs scare tourists at Yellowstone

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(KECI) In a new video released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, tourists at Yellowstone National Park learned the hard way why you should never approach a black bear sow with her cubs.

FWP Information Officer Vivaca Crowser was driving home with a colleague that night after a meeting in Yellowstone when she saw what’s known in Montana as a “bear jam.”

Dozens of tourists were pulled off on the side of the road for a close-up look of the sow and her three cubs.

“People were just trying to inch closer to get a better view, to get a better picture,” Crowser recalled. “And that’s where they just really forgot about the caution and the respect for space that the bears needed in this case.”

So the bear reminded them, charging at the tourists with her cubs following, sending the tourists scattering.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

Officials say the bears made it safely back to the forest.


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