Yellowstone National Park
rangers are looking into an incident that had the potential to turn bloody.
A viral video
from May 10 shows an unidentified woman approaching a mother grizzly bear
and her two cubs at the park's Roaring Mountain, with the woman holding up her phone and apparently photographing the bears
. The video was posted by witness
Darcie Addington, who did not know the woman.
The mother bear rushes up to her, and the woman quickly turns and walks away, with voices in the background saying "holy fuck" and "oh my god."
Darcie Addington (@darcie_addington) shared this on Instagram
Addington told USA Today that the woman had been warned by others that she was too close to the bears.
She described the experience as "terrifying."
Yellowstone is attempting to identify the woman, according to an Instagram post in which the park asks anyone with information to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch.
Yellowstone National Park (@yellowstonenps) shared this post on Instagram.
In a separate incident, a man hiking
alone in Yellowstone National Park was mauled by a bear on Friday.
To ensure the safety of both humans and bears, the National Park Service recommends that park visitors keep at least 100 yards away from bears at all times, never feed them, and never approach them to take photos
Visitors inappropriately approaching wildlife
for photo ops is a perennial problem. In 2015, multiple people
were injured by bison at Yellowstone, including at least three who were gored or lifted into the air after getting too close to the animals
to take pictures. Last year, a woman at South Dakota's Custer State Park sat in the middle of a bison herd to take photos, causing a female bison to chastise her.