People warned to not take 'bear selfies'

Posted Oct 28, 2014 by Owen Weldon
Officials that are in charge of maintaining the Taylor Creek Visitor Center in South Lake Tahoe has warned people to stop taking selfies with bears.
The Grizzly Bear  also known as the Kodiak Bear  Brown Bear  Aklaq
The Grizzly Bear, also known as the Kodiak Bear, Brown Bear, Aklaq
Eric Bonnett
According to The Consumerist, officials have warned that they will shut down the area of people don't take their warning serious.
U.S. Forest Service's officials said that the area is popular spot to watch the annual run of kokanee salmon, and wild bears are often seen near the area.
Lisa Herron, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, said that there have been a lot of people who actually try to rush towards the bear in order to try to get a selfie photo.
According to Mashable, Herron added that someone did tell the staff that a bear did charge at somebody recently. She also said that there have been incidents where people have ran across area highways to take photos of bears that they spotted on the other side of the road.
A Tahoe woman was attacked by a black bear on August 5 after she was illegally feeding the animals in her backyard. Authorities said they have been allegedly warning her about feeding bears since 2010. The woman survived the attack, but she was treated for bite wounds to her shoulder.
Herron said that they just want to remind people to just stay on the trails, as well as to respect the wildlife. She said that if people do encounter a black bear, then they should back away slowly and move to another area.