The trending #bearselfie

Remember last week when we told you about the bear selfies people in South Lake Tahoe were taking? Well, we’re sad to report this is now “trending”. Tourists equipped with a smart phone have been capturing snapshots of themselves near and around bears in the Lake Tahoe area, causing the upward rise in #bearselfies on social media.

You may have seen some popular photos like these circulating the web and news sites:

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Due to the Kokanee Salmon run in Tahoe, whordes of people and bears have been flocking to the same riverfront destinations. Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, recently told the Reno Gazette-Journal, ”We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo. It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”

We highly recommend staying away from the bears and prevent a new trend of #bearselfiegonewrong. If you do happen upon a bear, this is what you should actually be doing, according to BearSmart.com Avoid, avoid avoid!

 

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