A photographer at Cades Cove earlier this week captured a number of pictures showing visitors getting very close to bears in the park.
Jackie Gilbert shared the photos on Facebook, saying she was far away, zooming in with her camera to photograph the bears but people were getting in her way. One of the pictures shows what appears to be a teenage girl taking a selfie with the bears.
Gilbert visited the park on Sunday and Monday, and she said a park ranger didn’t show up either time.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park wants visitors to be aware that bears are wild animals, and can be dangerous or unpredictable. It’s also illegal to come within 50 yards bears in the park, and violations can result in fines and arrest.