Yellowstone bear charges at woman who approached with phone, park launches investigation to find her

The National Park Service has opened an investigation into a woman who was caught on video approaching a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park to take a photograph earlier this month.

In the video posted online, the unidentified woman is seen near the park’s Roaring Mountain parking lot approaching a female bear with two cubs moments before the animal rushes toward her.

The woman, who appeared to calmly walk away after the incident, seemed to disregard a park rule prohibiting visitors from getting within 100 yards of bears.

U.S. Park Rangers of Yellowstone National Park are investigating an incident of a woman approaching wildlife at Roaring Mountain.

On May 10, 2021 at approximately 4:45 PM, an unidentified woman approached a female grizzly bear and her two cubs at the north end of the Roaring Mountain parking lot. The female grizzly charged the woman who turned and walked away from the bears.

The unidentified woman is described as white, mid 30’s, brown hair, and wearing black clothing. If you were around Roaring Mountain on May 10, 2021 at 4:45PM, or you have information that could help, please contact NPS Investigative Services Branch at:

Call or Text: 888-653-0009
Online: www.nps.gov/ISB
Email: nps_isb@nps.gov

You don’t have to tell us who you are, but please tell us what you know.

Darcie Addington, a park visitor who filmed the May 10 incident from her car, told USA Today the woman was warned not to get near the animal.

“It was terrifying,” she told the newspaper.

Park rangers are looking for the woman, who was described as White in her mid30s with brown hair and wearing all black clothing. The agency warns visitors to never feed bears, while noting that all of Yellowstone is bear habitat.

The park averages one bear attack annually. In 2011 and 2015, three people were killed by bears inside Yellowstone, the park reports.

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