3 Trespassers Caught Trying To Take A Selfie With Bears At Katmai National Park In Alaska; Charges Are Pending

While the names of three people who were caught on camera trespassing at the Katmai National Park in Alaska have not yet been identified, their stupidity has.

According to the National Park Service, on August 9th at approximately 6:50 p.m., two Alaska residents and one out of state visitor wanted to take a selfie with the animals. They entered the closed area below Brooks Falls and  approached multiple bears that were actively feeding on a concentrated food source.

In doing so, the group violated National Park Service wildlife viewing regulations, putting themselves and the wildlife at risk.

Immediately after the incident, Katmai rangers received multiple reports from concerned visitors and explore.org bear cam viewers who observed the violations. The group was contacted by park rangers and charges are pending. Details on identities will be released when charges are finalized.

“People need to recognize that these are wild brown bears. These visitors are lucky that they escaped the situation without injury,” the Park’s Superintendent Mark Sturm said in an official statement. “The possible consequences for the bears and themselves could have been disastrous.”

In Katmai, approaching within 50 yards of a bear eating a concentrated food source, like migrating or spawning salmon, is prohibited. Area closures are in place because of concentrated bear activity at Brooks Falls, from June 15th through August 15th, in order to allow bears access to essential food resources that are needed to help them survive through the winter. These closures help prevent negative human-bear interactions.

Katmai National Park and Preserve provides elevated viewing platforms at Brooks Camp, to facilitate a safer atmosphere for thousands of visitors from around the world to observe wild brown bears in their natural habitat. The park relies on visitors to adhere to park regulations to protect themselves and bears.

As per Brooks Camp, encounters with bears are common, so they warn people to stay alert.

Unfathomably, it seems that regardless of the warnings, some people don’t respect rules or animals. #RespectWildlife

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