Park Service says honk at nearby bears

The National Park Service is urging visitors to Yellowstone National Park to honk their horns at bears if the animals approach their cars or trucks.

Just last Saturday a black bear frequenting the Tower-Roosevelt area sashayed up to vehicles, reared up and put its paws on them.

The Park Service noted that a year ago there were two recorded instances where bears showed up-close-and-personal interest in vehicles.

One case involved a black bear that had previously been fed placing its paws on a door and looking into the vehicle. On another occasion a grizzly approached a vehicle near Yellowstone Lake and toyed with its antenna.

Honking a horn is expected to scare away a bear and avert a possible confrontation.

“Bears that grow accustomed to people and view humans as a food source can become aggressive

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