Although people tend to break the rules every now and then, oftentimes rules or laws are set in place for a reason and not just for fun. And a group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park learned the hard way. According to the park, if you see an animal along a path, it is crucial to stay in your car or keep a distance of at least 300 feet to avoid any danger. “The most dangerous place is between a mom and her cubs,” Bob Gibson, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Communication and Education Program Manager, told USA Today, saying the tourists were “very much in danger.” After spotting a few cubs and their mama, these tourists thought it would be a bright idea to get out of their cars to take some unforgettable photography, but Mama Bear wasn’t too thrilled with their idea. Watch the bear video below to see what happens.
Lucky for the tourists, the cubs were about 13 months old, so the Mama Bear wasn’t as protective as she might have been. But when the she trotted toward the tourists, most of them quickly scattered. “Had they been the young of the year and 10 days old, the mom would have been all over the tourists,” Gibson told NBC News. He goes on to say, “It serves as a reminder that wildlife can be unpredictable. For your safety and theirs, respect wildlife and give them room to roam.” These tourists had luck on their side that day as the outcome could have been a lot worse.