While monitoring incidents in the National Parks over the last few years, as well as reading the “Death in the Grand Canyon” kind of books, selfies are becoming the latest hazard to tourist safety.
That being the case, Yellowstone National Park has come out with a new Safe Selfies Policy. They ask visitors to take a pledge that includes a warning about selfies. You can click here to see the pledge.
Selfie incidents are a real problem.
Two summers ago, five people taking selfie photographs provoked bison into attacking them. No one was killed, but medical treatment had been needed. Last year, a tourist had died after walking off a pedestrian boardwalk into a thermal area.
I’m not sure a recitation of a pledge is going to do anything to help, but one never knows. People need reminders, but being stupid is so much more fun though!