This young black bear mother is dead, and her cubs are no longer in the park, because of stupid, selfish tourists that would not comply with park rules.
Two separate vehicles were seen feeding this bear family recently...
From The Jackson Hole News and Guide:
"The bears, a sow and two cubs of the year, each received several food rewards during the incident and made contact with several vehicles along the road," the release states.
Two visitors who fed the bears have been cited for illegally feeding wildlife within a national park. The maximum penalty is a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail.
"Feeding wildlife in a national park is a serious offense and presents severe risks to the animal and to humans," Grand Teton National Park Deputy Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said. "Human carelessness doesn't just endanger humans, it can result in an animal's death."
"A fed bear is a dead bear" is an adage that is all too true. Bears that have obtained human food can become aggressive in seeking additional food.
I photographed this bear family in May. Since then countless visitors have seen them. The thoughtless actions of these violators has ensured that no others will enjoy them...
If you visit national, state or local parks please use good judgement and obey the rules.
Thanks for visiting, be well, and come back soon.