The above video posted to YouTube of a bear cub approaching a snowboarder at Northstar in Tahoe went viral, and now people are commenting how this cute interaction could be deadly for the cub.
Although the number of bear interactions in Tahoe is growing at an alarming rate, this occurrence was rare. The fact that a cub would approach a human is especially alarming because it probably indicates the cub’s mother is dead. Now, the cub has no one to raise it and may have to be euthanized.
The video below shows more of the interaction along with an explanation of the dangers of greeting bears:
This is a good lesson to avoid wildlife, even if it approaches you.