Waterton Canyon park closes to the public with blog noting that visitors get ‘sometimes within 10 feet of wild bears’ while taking pictures with the animals

A recreation and hiking area in Denver has been closed to the public after one too many hikers tried to take the perfect selfie with a bear.

The park, Waterton Canyon, which sees more than 100,000 visitors a year, initially closed on 28 August “due to increased bear activity in the canyon”, according to the initial news release. A biker was chased by a bear in the canyon but was not injured. According to Melanie Kaknes, Colorado parks and wildlife district manager, the decision to close the popular park “was made to reduce the likelihood of a negative encounter from occurring”.

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Source: Guardian Environment