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Bear Selfie Epidemic Causes Colorado Park Closure [VIDEO]

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Officials say stop trying to take selfies with bears in Water Canyon, Colorado.

Water Canyon is a well-traveled recreation and hiking area outside of Denver. On August 28, the owner and operator decided to close the park to the public because people were spotted with selfie sticks trying to take photos with bears.

Yes, people were taking bear selfies. See what 9 news had to report on the topic:

Waterton Canyon’s manager of recreation, Brandon Ransom, said: “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 to the safety of our visitors or the well-being of the wildlife.”

Waterton Canyon is a popular park with more than 100,000 annual visitors. However, with the bear selfie problem, the owners felt visitors’ actions were simply asking for trouble.

Who would’ve guessed 10 years ago that this would be an issue? The selfie craze continues in society, and folks are even putting themselves in serious danger to get that “perfect” picture for Facebook or Instagram.

Long story short: stop taking selfies with bears.

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Bear Selfie Epidemic Causes Colorado Park Closure [VIDEO]