While it's always unwise to get too close to wild animals, in Katmai National Park, where the falls are located, it's also against the law. There, approaching within 50 yards of a bear using a concentrated food source is prohibited.
And wouldn't you know it. Now the man, along with the two others, are facing charges for that crime.
Unfortunately, incidents of people taking idiotic selfies with wild animals seem to be on the rise. But this may be among the most egregious — and the National Parks Service (NPS) hopes others take note.
“People need to recognize that these are wild brown bears. These visitors are lucky that they escaped the situation without injury," Mark Sturm, NPS superintendent, said in a release. "The possible consequences for the bears and themselves could have been disastrous."