Video Shows Grizzly Bear Charging Reckless Tourist at Yellowstone

As people flock to national parks this summer, there's an essential piece of etiquette that visitors should keep in mind: make sure to give wild animals their space. A video showing an incident on Monday between a Yellowstone tourist and a grizzly bear is serving as the perfect reminder to always steer clear of bears and other ferocious creatures.

NBC Montana shared the clip on Wednesday. In it, a woman stands at the edge of a forested area and films a group of bears gathered several feet away. One bear, however, appears to take issue with the intruder and charges straight towards her. Audible gasps are heard from behind the camera. The woman quickly puts away her phone and walks away while the bear, having made its point, slows down.

The footage was reportedly filmed by Darcie Addington "from the safety of her vehicle." Addington told the news outlet that "she doesn't know the other woman" but added that "several people warned her" about getting too close to the bear.

Check out this clip of a @YellowstoneNPS grizzly bear bluff charging a tourist that got too close. Darcie Addington took this from the safety of her vehicle. She doesn't know the other woman, but says several people warned her. Remember to give bears at least 100 yards of space.

— NBC Montana (@NBCMontana) May 12, 2021

According to NBC Montana, Yellowstone National Park officials are aware of the video and they are investigating the incident. The bear reportedly came within 15 feet of the tourist, a dangerously close margin.

In an email to the news outlet, Yellowstone National Park public affairs officials noted that "wild animals are unpredictable and dangerous."

"Every year people are injured when they approach animals too closely," they wrote. "Animals that attack people may need to be relocated or killed. To protect yourself and the animals you come to watch, always remain at least 100 yards (91 meters) from bears or wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 meters) from all other wildlife."

Meanwhile, on Twitter, wildlife-lovers are expressing their frustration with the tourist in the video. "Standing that close to an apex predator that can weigh over 1,000 pounds and run 30 mph in full sprint is nothing short of irresponsible," wrote John A. Duerk. "The bear could have easily mauled or killed her within seconds."

This latest incident comes just weeks after a man was tragically mauled by a grizzly in Yellowstone. Carl Mock, 40, had his left hand "chomped up" by the bear and his skull "punctured" by one of its teeth. After emergency surgery, Mock was placed in a medically-induced coma, but he subsequently suffered a fatal stroke. The bear was later shot by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials.

Two Grizzly Bears Playing
Two grizzly bears playing in a pool at a zoo in La Fleche, France. JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images