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Taking Selfies At National Parks Is More Dangerous Than You'd Expect

By Mina Elwell


Every year, tourists in national parks go viral for getting way too close to wild animals. The National Park Service says never to get close enough to the animals to take a selfie.
Kristen Leong told USA Today that selfies are particularly dangerous, saying, "You're up close to a wild animal that you might be provoking, and you're turning your back on it."
This is a major issue at Yellowstone, where tourists even touch bison or crouch down right in front of them. Startling bison can result in horrendous injuries or even death.
There's nothing wrong with photographing the animals at national parks, but you need to do it in a way that keeps both you and them safe. Use your zoom and keep your distance.