Man in Yellowstone caught aggravating bear in viral video prompts reminder from wildlife officials

Jun 12, 2023, 5:00 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2023, 7:17 am

grizzly bear is pictured, a man in yellowstone was recently caught on video bothering a bear...

FILE - A grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake on July 6, 2011, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

(AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is reminding people to leave wildlife alone after a video of a man aggravating a bear in Yellowstone National Park went viral on Sunday. The video comes weeks after Grand Teton National Park authorities accused two people of harassing a bison calf in park.

A video posted by the Instagram account Tourons of Yellowstone shows a man running up to a bear and barking at it. The bear starts to approach the man, at which point he runs and gets into the car that a second person is filming from. The man and the person filming can be heard laughing throughout the video.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by TouronsOfYellowstone (@touronsofyellowstone)

The video went viral over the weekend, leading to a search for the man. If found by authorities, the man could face six months in jail and a $5,000 fine.

DWR Public Information Officer Faith Heaton Jolley said it’s important to leave wildlife alone when outdoors.

“You need to share this space with them,” she said. “It’s their home, it’s their food.”

She said instead of actively harassing wildlife like the Yellowstone man, whenever people encounter animals in the wild, they need to instead stay calm and keep their distance.

In Utah, there are similar laws protecting wildlife to Yellowstone. One could face criminal charges for aggravating animals in the wild, Jolley said.

She said if you see someone behaving aggressively towards an animal, you should immediately report them to local authorities.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Suicide Rock in Parley's Canyon in 2023, before the myrtle spurge was sprayed with treatment....

Lindsay Aerts, KSL TV

Roundup sprayed via drone in Millcreek, Parley’s canyons to kill invasive weed. DWR says it’s needed

In an attempt to kill weeds, the Department of Wildlife Resources sprayed pesticides in the foothills of Millcreek and Parley’s canyons.

3 days ago

A yearling moose was found in the Ogden foothills Thursday morning....

Emma Keddington

Moose found on homeowner’s property in Ogden foothills

A young moose was found in the foothills of Ogden Thursday morning. Here's what to do if you encounter one.

3 days ago

FILE: A boat speeds past the Tamarisk on the Colorado River. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)...

Curt Gresseth

Invasive tamarisk tree sprouting more roots along Virgin, Colorado rivers

The invasive and highly flammable Tamarisk tree is taking root along the Virgin River and Colorado River Basin.

3 days ago

A mountain lion shows its teeth, a sign of aggression....

Mariah Maynes

What do you do if you encounter a mountain lion?

As more people begin to participate in summer recreation activities, the DWR provided tips for preventing and surviving mountain lion encounters.

5 days ago

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is increasing the fish limit at Fall Creek and it's tributa...

Tammy Kikuchi

Fishing limit will increase ahead of lake poisonings

Before the Utah Division of Natural Resources can poison and reset, they are increasing the limit from 4 to 16 fish.

11 days ago

A large walleye caught in Lake Powell. Fish like this one have been illegally introduced to Strawbe...

Tammy Kikuchi

Reward offered for Strawberry Walleye invasion

The DWR is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who illegally introduced walleye fish to Strawberry Reservoir.

12 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Man in Yellowstone caught aggravating bear in viral video prompts reminder from wildlife officials