Tourists’ heart-pounding encounter: Playful black bear family gives unexpected chase in Yellowstone National Park

A planned enjoyable trip to Yellowstone National Park took a terrifying turn for a group of tourists when they found themselves being pursued by an agitated mother bear and her cubs. Their well-intentioned but ill-advised proximity to the black bears led to a harrowing adventure as they desperately ran for safety.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

In a riveting video footage unveiled by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, the tourists can be seen making a frantic dash to their vehicles while the mother bear and her cubs closely tail them. Thankfully, this incident concluded without any injuries, but it served as a stark reminder of the potentially tragic outcomes that can result from such encounters.

“Go! Go!” the tourists urgently called out to one another in the footage, as they urged each other to keep moving.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Bob Gibson, the Communication and Education Program Manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, emphasized the gravity of the situation, saying: “They were in extreme danger. The most dangerous place is between a mother bear and her cubs. If these cubs had been born in the last few days, the situation could have been far more perilous”.

To watch this heart-pounding moment, you can view the video here:

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks stress the importance of maintaining a safe distance from wild animals, as “wildlife can be highly unpredictable”. Additionally, regulations within Yellowstone National Park dictate that visitors should remain at least 100 yards away from bears.

This incident serves as a powerful reminder that wild animals deserve our utmost respect and should be treated with caution and care.

Bob Gibson/Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park

“It’s a beautiful animal we can all enjoy”, commented Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo, adding: “It’s their home. Treat them with respect and observe them from a safe distance, that’s all”.