Do you like black bears? If the answer is "yes" and you've figured out a way to bend time and space, go check out Jasper National Park in Alberta. According to a 1938 booklet published by the Department of Mines and Resources, it was a great place to get up close and take photographs of wild creatures. As was noted,
the most energetic camera enthusiast will never tire of photographing the more domesticated animals which frequent the haunts of man in Jasper Park -- particularly the black bear, which are so tame that they almost seem to understand the business of having their picture taken and strike awkward and amusing poses when encountered.
The bears weren't the only animals that tourists were promised close and ready access to.
Almost equally willing to oblige camera men are the deer which may be found around Jasper town, on camp site and golf course, while other smaller animals, also tamed by the constant association with unarmed humans, make splendid camera studies.
And yes, this picture from the same booklet features a small child feeding a young black bear.
Needless to say, such behaviour is no longer considered acceptable in Canada's National Parks. That said, I'm not sure when the change in policy took effect. Do you happen to know anything about this? If so, please feel free to leave a note in the comments section below. (Thanks!)