If you must do something dumb, try not to do it on camera.
A Virginia woman who ignored that time-honored wisdom was busted after she was seen in a viral TikTok video feeding a black bear while on vacation in Tennessee late last month.
Kristin Hailee Farris, 21, of Danville, was filmed hand-feeding what looks like watermelon, chocolate and other snacks to the wild animal in Gatlinburg on September 30, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association (TWRA) said Friday.
TWRA officers pointed to regulations in place since 2000 which prohibit the feeding of bears or leaving food in garbage cans in a manner that might attract them.
The rule covers a six-mile radius around Gatlinburg and is intended to discourage the animals from entering the city.
If convicted, Farris faces up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the Class B Misdemeanor.
“The overwhelming desire to have a close encounter with a black bear is strangely more powerful than common sense,” Sevier County Wildlife Sgt. David Sexton said in a statement.
“Many people intentionally feed bears with little regard for the dire consequences to the bears and humans they leave behind.”