Yellowstone National Park Visitor: 'Train Your Bears'
PHOTO: A pair of amateur bears go swimming, despite not having any formal training. (Courtesy of Thinkstock)
It's not often you hope to stumble across a bear in the wild. But one traveler was "disappointed" not to while visiting Yellowstone National Park.
In a Yellowstone National Park Lodge comment card posted online by a Reddit user Tuesday, a tourist admitted they were displeased with the lack of bear sightings during their trip.
"Our visit was wonderful but we never saw any bears," the visitor wrote under the "concern" section. "Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip to not get to see bears."
Here's a look at the actual comment courtesy of the U.K.'s Metro:
While it's not all that rare to spot a bear at Yellowstone, bear sightings have become less commonplace at the park in recent years as a result of a bear management program implemented decades ago designed to reduce bears' access to human food and garbage in order to improve safety for both visitors and wildlife.
But be careful what you wish for, Yellowstone visitors.
On its official website, the National Park Service warns that there is an average of one bear attack in the park each year. Earlier this month, a 63-year-old hiker was killed by a grizzly bear at Yellowstone. The fatal attack signaled the first at the park since 2011.
The NPS encourages park visitors to remain on the designated trails and pathways and to study up on what to do in case of a bear encounter. Tourists are urged to always stay alert and report any sightings to park rangers.
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