This week’s nighttime bear attack on a campground outside of Yellowstone was a dramatic reminder of the power of these wild animals. Estimates are that about 125 grizzly and 500 black bears roam the backwoods in Yellowstone. Yet this unprovoked attack on humans was seen as aberrant behavior by the mother grizzy and her cubs. Rangers say that visitors have a one in 1.9 million chance of being attacked, as long as they follow all the established safety precautions.
So, taking care not to approach wild animals in the National Parks, here are two more tips to help you and your family get the most out of your visit:
Enjoy the people in your life. It’s always fun to spend time in the great outdoors together – take a float trip down the rapids or a calm part of the river, make s’mores around a campfire, go for a nature walk with a forest ranger, take pictures of the wild flowers or just go for nice long walk together. Let your family know that their company is important to you.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of nature. Most of us react with awe and appreciation when in the presence of the majesty of nature. When you allow yourself the opportunity to soak in the beauty of your surroundings, you’ll feel more centered and ready to face the challenges ahead of you on your return home.
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