Tourists feeding, approaching grizzly bear worries visitor

An adult grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park can weigh 400 to 700 pounds, sprint short distances at speeds up to 40 mph. They possess large bone-cracking jaws and teeth, as well as sharp claws as long as your fingers.

All of this prompts the question: Why would you want to lure one closer for a photograph?

Yet on May 18, Krisztina Gayler was driving near Roaring Mountain, between Norris and Mammoth in the park, when she came upon a bear jam. To those not familiar with the phrase, it refers to a traffic jam created as tourists try to see or take photos of a grizzly or black bear, or group of bears. Cars may stop in the middle of the road, blocking traffic, often with little room to pull onto the narrow shoulder of some park roads.

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Ahead of her, Gayler saw people in a vehicle throw food toward the grizzly and reaching “out as far as possible to get a close photo of the bear with their phones, as it walked up just a

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