The idea that smartphones haven’t made us any smarter is nothing new. However, the recent and ongoing rise in the poularity of “bear selfies” is, well, a bit of an unbearable thought.
#BearSelfie is a new trend on social media, where people have been posting selfies of themselves with real live ferocious-looking bears – not the kind kids like to cuddle to sleep.
Lake Tahoe in California issued a warning telling visitors to be careful when interacting with the park’s wildlife inhabitants. Evidently, human interaction with bears had “reached an unsafe level” and guests seem to ignore the staff’s instructions instead they got too close to bears to take photos and videos.
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“Bears are unpredictable, wild animals and may attack if threatened,” said forest supervisor Nancy Gibson. “We can’t have visitors creating dangerous situations for themselves and others. People are risking serious injury or death if they get too close to a bear.”
The warning also stated that if the issue doesn’t get resolved, the park may have no other choice than to close its doors to the public. Parks such as these are popular spots for family recreation, so it would be a shame if the actions of selfie-obsessed people take that away.
While California is the only region that has issued a warning, it seems that the trend has been rising in other parts of the U.S.
One person was even photo-bombed by a bear in Canada.
Having said that, this TV personality has a solution to the people who can’t bear the thought of not getting that #bearselfie: