by Jennifer Westrick
As any visitor to a National Park knows, feeding the wildlife – especially bears – is prohibited. Apparently this was not the case in the 1940’s, as shown by these photos from the Newberry Library’s CB&Q collection.
Many of the photos in the collection have informational captions attached to them. One such caption reads: “A Yellowstone Park bear and her three cubs out on a foraging expedition and perhaps a training trip for the youngsters in the gentle art of banditry. Yellowstone’s ‘hold-up’ bears are as famous as its geysers.” Another caption further explains: “‘Hold up’ bears are seen on most of the park’s busy roads where they take their “tribute” in the form of candy or other sweets tossed to them by the tourists.”