The National Park Service has issued comedic, yet practical advice on what to do in a bear encounter
The National Park Service is known for being very active on social media, both Facebook and Instagram. With 1,337,047 and 2.8m followers respectively, the Park Service accounts have been praised numerous times for having a great sense of humor.
Matthew Turner, who is the voice behind the funny captions and witty wisdom bites on National Park Service’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, told in an interview that they use a “safety with a smile” approach when it comes to educating people.
The Park Service has previously released this funny poster
“Our goal on social media is to educate people as we welcome them, showcase the best of what the parks have to offer, while also encouraging visitors to recreate responsibly, respect park resources, don’t get too close to wildlife, and take time to enjoy a park,” Matt explained.
But in order to do so, “we often infuse a little ‘safety with a smile’ as a way to package information in a more engaging and entertaining way.”
This is precisely what the public might not expect from a government agency, but Matt is convinced that “it grabs their attention and gets them thinking.”
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When it comes to encountering a bear, visitors should be prepared for potential encounters with wildlife no matter where they go.
Matt explained: “While seeing a bear, bison, moose, or any animal in the wild is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that wildlife in parks are wild and can be dangerous.”
Most wild animals’ behavior is unpredictable and although rare, attacks on humans have occurred. “Being vigilant and knowing what to do in such encounters is the most important thing to remember,” concluded Matt.
And many seemed to love their sense of humor