If there ever was a reason for not taking a selfie this would be it, but then again we have become a society that thrives on “self.” So maybe taking a selfie with a bear is fulfilling the need to take the selfie addiction to the next level. Whatever the reason…simply put, taking a selfie with a bear is not a good idea. But why should that have to be announced or explained? It’s common sense right? Or maybe common sense is hard to find when it’s hidden under the shadows of self.
We’ve officially arrived at the point where people need to be told taking ‘selfies’ with bears is a bad idea. That’s according to officials with the U.S. Forest Service in charge of maintaining the popular Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe. – reporter with the Reno Gazette-Journal.
“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” said Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
The problem is getting bad enough that officials are threatening to close down the area if that’s what it takes to keep careless people away from dangerous wildlife.
“It is very possible, yes,” Herron said. “It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”
Bear attacks on people are extremely rare. But people hassling the animals in their natural habitat increases the likelihood of danger. Herron said she heard one report of a bear charging a group. But no injuries were reported, she said.
In addition to bear selfies, Herron said people are stopping their cars along California State Route 89 and running across the highway to get a closer look at the animals. They’re also charging off trails, through the forest and even over the creek to get closer to the hungry bears, she said.
“We are telling people they need to stay on the trails and they need to stay away form the bears,” she said. “If a bear has a mind to it can run very fast.”
People who are more interested in bear safety than bear selfies can go here to learn about how to act properly in bear country.
It’s unbearable to think people would risk their safety to take a selfie with a bear.
All pun aside as I’m sure you can’t bear one more. Use common sense and think safety when out in the wilderness. Bear of any breed are not to be harassed or for your own “self” entertainment. We need to have a healthy and safe respect for all of God’s creatures.
“God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground'” (Gen. 1:25-26, NIV).
It is clear that God intended for humanity to have an ongoing relationship with the animal kingdom. We were created in His image and called to serve as His stewards here on earth. If this is such a key part of His plan (and it would appear so, as it is clearly laid out within the story of creation), then risking safety for a selfie…I don’t think was in His plan of stewardship over His creation.
Remember, hike by faith, use common sense, be safe when on the trail, and take more pictures of His creation besides yourself.