Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Too many people trying to take selfies with bears forces Colorado tourist destination to close

So many tourists have attempted to take selfies with bears in Waterton Canyon, about 50 miles southwest of Denver, that officials have closed the park because of safety concerns, Kelly Sommariva reports for KUSA 9NEWS in Denver. The park, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year, has been closed to the public since Aug. 28. (A selfie posted on Instragram)

Brandon Ransom, manager of recreation at Denver Water, which owns Waterton Canyon, told Sommariva, "We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears. The current situation is not conducive for the safety of our visitors or the well-being of the wildlife.” (Read more)

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