Getting a youngster to listen is difficult for any parent, but one man found that his ‘dad voice’ was an effective tool to get a curious bear to stop in its tracks.
Countless vacationers head to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for some peace and quiet, but quickly realize they aren’t alone. Approximately 1,500 black bears call the national park home and have learned to open doors of vehicles and homes to rummage for food.
Rangers advise visitors to lock all doors and to not feed the bears. Bears use their keen sense of smell to find food and while their diet usually consists of nuts and berries, they cannot resist human food.
One man forgot to lock the doors to his Jeep and found a young black bear opening the passenger door. It was a rainy day and the bear casually strolled over to the vehicle and opened the unlocked door. The man was shocked and whispered “Oh my gosh,” before using his dad voice to say, “Hey, No! Don’t do that.”
The bear stopped and looked around before shutting the door. However, just like kids, the bear opened the door again but stopped when the man yelled, “Hey!”
Once the door was shut, the man locked his Jeep and the bear wandered off.
A video of the incident was posted online with the caption, “Apparently the dad voice works on both kids AND bears… 🐻🤷🏽♂️😂” and people cannot believe how well the bear listened.
“I’m a stepfather and I laughed so hard cause just like a kid the bear let the door shut the waited then did it again. This made my day,” wrote one person.
Another said, “The fact that you just said “don’t do that” made me laugh so hard.”
Over 7 million people have watched the hilarious video and many left comments. But some pointed out that the bear has both its ears tagged, which means it has been relocated twice. “Those mean he was relocated and if he keeps coming back they will euthanize him. So don’t feed the bears!!!”
The man did the right thing by not approaching the bear and then locking his vehicle. Black bears are adorable but rangers warn that they are wild animals and to stay at least 50 yards away.
“Warning: Bears are wild animals that are dangerous and unpredictable. Do not approach bears or allow them to approach you!
Willfully approaching within 50 yards (150 feet), or any distance that disturbs or displaces a bear, is illegal in the park. Violation of this federal regulation can result in fines and arrest. Use binoculars, telephoto lens, or a spotting scope to view the animals,” states National Park Service.
Please help save the bears by not leaving garbage or food out and locking your doors. There is a way to coexist and observe them from afar.
Watch the viral video below and don’t forget to share with your friends and family.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.