Yellowstone Tourist Files Complaint About “Untrained” Grizzly Bears
PhoenixPublished in August 2019 / Updated in January 2021
A tourist in Yellowstone National Park filled out a Xanterra Parks and Resorts visitor comment sheet to complain that the bears in the park are not trained to appear for park visitors.
What sort of world are we living in where people are not only self-entitled but so deeply disconnected from the natural world around them.
Amber Brady, an employee at Yellowstone National Park, posted this to herFacebook page with the caption “SOMEONE IN REAL LIFE LEFT THIS COMPLAINT. I’m dying.”
The note reads as follows: “Our visit was wonderful, but we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip not to get to see bears.
Anyone can understand spending a lot of money on vacation and it not living up to your expectations. That is just bad luck. But, I cannot wrap my head around the expectation of the bears being trained to be where visitors can regularly see them. I don’t think this person understands nature or the fact that Yellowstone is NOT a zoo.
Perhaps these entitled tourists should have watched a few wildlife videos before their travels or this video of a man who did, in fact, come across a bear in Yellowstone.
It is probably a good thing that this person did not encounter any bears. Assuming that they are (or were) under the assumption that these bears were, in fact, trained, they probably would have gotten too close to them, and something bad could have happened.
A veteran hiker in Yellowstone was recently mauled to death by a mother grizzly. Park rangers encourage visitors to keep their distance from wild animals in the park and offer information sessions about how to avoid bears and what to do if you come into contact with one.
On average, one bear attack per year occurs in the park. Three people were killed bybears inside Yellowstone National Park in separate incidents in 2011 and 2015. However, more people have died by drowning or suffering thermal burns from hot springs than bear attacks, according to the National Park Service.
Here’s what the experts say:
If you encounter a grizzly, do not run.
Avoid direct eye contact.
Walk away slowly if the bear is not approaching.
If the bear charges, stand your ground (you can not outrun it).