See this? It's a black bear. There are signs posted frequently around Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks that say DO NOT APPROACH BEARS! $5,000 FINE.
I always think they should say, IF YOU ARE DUMB ENOUGH TO APPROACH A BEAR, KNOCK YOURSELF OUT. MOTHER EARTH COULD USE SOME NATURAL SELECTION ANYWAY.
In true tourist fashion, we pulled over to join a mass of people standing on the side of the road, staring into the forest. About 25 feet away from them was said black bear.
As we got out of the car I grabbed my telephoto lens - "Kids we're staying over here, on this side of the road."
"Awwww, but WHY?"
"Because it's a BEAR."
"Well all those people are over on the other side, that's not fair..."
"Yes, and all those people are idiots."
Many years ago I saw a Faces of Death film which showed a man being devoured by a grizzly bear while his wife filmed. Quite honestly I don't know what was more disturbing - the man being eaten alive or his wife filming.
Regardless, it sends the same message...stay away from bears. Period. Maybe if I show the kids that film they'll think twice about wanting to flock closer to get a better look just because the other idiots are doing it.
Or maybe I'll tell them that if they don't stop being shitheads to each other I will force feed them to those bears. Something to think about...