"People have been rushing up to the bears to take selfies and videos with them," Lisa Herron, a public affairs officer for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told Mashable. "A bear will come and whole mobs of people will charge up to them to take photos.
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"We just want to remind people to stay on the trails and respect the wildlife. If you encounter a bear, it's best to back away slowly to another area," Herron says.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife organization posted this photo to Twitter imploring people not to take selfies with bears.
According to separate reports, park officials have even considered closing down the area if the problem doesn't stop. At this point, it's become a safety issue and they're afraid that someone is going to get attacked. And it's not just chance encounters on trails that are leading to selfies. Herron says that people are stopping their cars along California State Route 89 and running across the highway to get a closer look at the hungry bears.