A dozen or so visitors got chased by a family of bears during a trip to the national park

By Maria Mercedes Lara
Updated May 10, 2015 05:10 PM
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A group of tourists probably got more than they bargained for when they encountered a family of black bears at Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

In a video posted by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’s YouTube page, a dozen or so visitors are seen alternating between walking and running away from a family of four (one larger bear – most likely the mother – and three small cubs). However, the bears have other ideas, and continue to pursue the group of tourists as they make their way to their cars.

In addition from trying to keep their distance from the animals, several members of the group stop to take photos. At a few points in the video, the larger bear is seen charging towards different visitors.

While it may be confusing to some viewers as to why the tourists aren’t running at top speed away from the animals, the National Park Service actually advises away from running away from bears – if you can avoid it.

“Don’t run and don’t turn away from the bear,” the NPS advises if you encounter black bears like the ones seen in the video. However, they also advise that you “stand your ground” if the bear continues to follow you and to “talk loudly or shout at it act aggressively to intimidate the bear.”

Meanwhile, Bob Gisbon, the communication and education program manager for Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks program tells NBC News that the tourists in the video are “absolutely in danger.”

“Black bears are usually shy of people,” he warns. “But you put them with their cubs and they get really protective. You never want to be between a bear and its cub.”

“Had they been the young of the bear and 10 days old, the mom would have been all over the tourists.”

Luckily, it appeared that no one in the video was harmed.