Remember Yogi bear? That lovable oafish bear with the Honeymooner voice would hang out in Jellystone park and steal camper's pic-a-nick baskets. They were cute cartoons that probably helped to teach generations of people that bears are just big cuddly fluffy critters instead of massive murder machines built to rip animals apart for their sustenance. And, what's worse, if they get too comfortable around humans then they're more likely to keep coming around and it's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
Well, anyway, TMZ released a video of a family that looks like Florida incarnate decides to feed the bear peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. It's a cute image but god they're dumb.
From the National Park Service :
Every person who visits the Lakeshore has a chance to keep bears (and all wildlife) wild by making sure their food, beverages, and trash are stored properly. A single taste of human food or trash is enough to turn a wild bear into a food-conditioned bear. These bears are not "problem" bears; they are the result of improperly stored food. Bears that seek human food have not forgotten how to forage naturally--human food simply has much more energy (fat, calories, etc.) than their natural foods so they can spend much less time foraging and pack on more pounds when eating human food. Would you rather eat ants or ice cream?!? Sadly, bears that obtain human food may lose their natural fear of humans. Over time, they may become bold or aggressive in their attempts to obtain human food and become a threat to public safety. When this happens, the bear pays the ultimate price–it is destroyed. Every person who enters Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has a special opportunity to keep bears in our Park wild and alive!
But here's the video because it's worth a watch.