Talk about a Mother’s Day surprise! This weekend, video was released from the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks depicting one of the most interesting trips a family has taken to Yellowstone Park. A mother and her cubs encountered a gaggle of tourists (who are told to stay at least 100 yards away) and responded as you’d expect them to: they chased down the group of elderly visitors, who jogged away. In this case, the tourists weren’t in the wrong; the black bears surprised sightseers on a bridge, who had been taking in a view of the park.
This momma bear might not celebrate Mother’s Day, but she certainly wins the award in the Animal Kingdom for most protective mom this year.
Thankfully, there were no hurt bears or tourists in the encounter, which might not be the last. Parks employees told ABC News that given the warm weather, more bears will be waking up from hibernation, hungry and thirsty. The combination of a momma bear with her cubs and this disorientation and hunger is a bad combination for anyone who happens upon a family of black bears.
Every year, over 3 million visitors come to the park, especially in the warm summer months.
Comment below: Will this close encounter make you reconsider a trip to the park?