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Video: Curious Bear Cub Inspects Tahoe Snowboarder

Editor's Note: Wildlife encounters can be dangerous for both humans and animals. TGR encourages visitors to national parks and other wild places to research appropriate behavior in the case of an encounter. The National Park Service website is an excellent resource for understanding which animals may be in a given park or region and how to minimize potential harm to both humans and animals.

In mildly concerning but undeniably adorable news, video has surfaced of an inquisitive bear cub examining a snowboarder at Northstar California Ski Resort. The young black bear gives our cameraman a thorough sniff, and even nips at his glove before sauntering away to do more bear stuff. While the bear appears quite brown, it is in fact a black bear. 

Related: Out of Control Snowmobile Crashes into Chairlift

Per the National Park Service's bear encounter guidelines, one shouldn't run away from a curious bear. Instead, moving slowly and sideways away from the bear is the recommended strategy. However, the guidelines also note that placing oneself between a mother and her cub is to be avoided at all costs. In any case, it was a potentially risky situation which ended without any overt harm done. 

For more information on staying safe around bears, see the NPS' guide on bear protocol.

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