This week, there seems to have been a rash of headlines involving idiots and nature, including one incident that prompted a Massachusetts police department to post to its Facebook page that "Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised." In that case, officers caught up with the man before he got hurt and took him into protective custody because he was so drunk, he was incapacitated.
In another story that came out this week, a video showed up on YouTube of a kid who decided to jump on a whale shark off the coast of Destin, Florida. The clip (which you can see in the video above) shows the teen holding on to the largest living fish species for about 20 seconds. It turns out, it's not illegal to ride a whale shark, but it's not exactly smart either.
On the other side of Florida, a UCF student says he punched what appeared to be a black tip shark after it latched on to his leg. He even posted a couple pictures on Instagram detailing his injuries with the caption "Sharkbait hoo haha."
What is probably the most viral video of the week comes from Yellowstone National Park, where visitors caused what's called a "bear jam." The tourists, excited to catch a glimpse of a black bear and her cubs, inadvertently trapped the bears on the road. What looks like the mama bear chasing cubs is really just the animal's effort to get away from people.
As it turns out, Yellowstone offers pretty clear guidelines that we as humans should probably apply to most animals: stay at least 300 feet away. Don't punch wild animals, don't ride wild animals and don't chase wild animals with a dull hatchet. These seems like common sense, but clearly some people need another reminder.