The National Park Service social media pages posted the above photo that features a scene all too common at Yellowstone National Park. Okay, well not necessarily the gingerbread part – but there are certainly way too many wildlife and human encounters that end this way.
The National Park Service shared the following message on their Facebook page;
Ugh! You might want to put some icing on that leg.
We like selfies. We also like it when your trip to a national park is fun, safe, and that you don’t chip, crumble, or get eaten. But when capturing the perfect shot or selfie, be a smart cookie.
Wildlife may appear calm and docile but can be unpredictable and easily startled. Really? You wore the hat with the giant pom pom? Remember to use a zoom lens on your camera. If you are close enough to take a selfie, you may lose more than your gumdrop buttons.
We get it—national parks have some photogenic scenery, but do not put your life at risk for a picture. Stick to trails and boardwalks. Use caution, watch your step, and keep your eyes on the trail and not on your camera while walking. Oh, snap! That branch came out of nowhere! No it didn’t.
If a photo opportunity catches your eye while driving, pull over to a safe location to capture the shot. Distracted driving puts you and others at risk. Remember to look both ways for oncoming traffic before crossing the road.
See more picture-perfect tips at https://www.nps.gov/articles/safepicture.htm
P.S. Many cookies were harmed in the making of this post. Like really bad. So many crumbs.
Image: Gingerbread cookie taking selfies too close to a herd of Gingerbread bison.