May 24 to June 6, 2015
Fascinating Bear Fact
Bears are excellent climbers and cubs scramble up trees to avoid danger.
Number of incidents last year
To date: 42
So far this year, incidents are down 31% compared to the same time last year, but down 90% since 1998.
In Yosemite Valley, bear activity was focused in picnic areas and campgrounds. A bear successfully obtained food from visitors on several occasions in picnic areas after visitors walked away from their food for a short amount of time. In Valley campgrounds, bears ate campers' food after they failed to store it in a food storage locker. Always keep food in arms reach or in a secured locker, and be sure to take food with you when you walk away, even if you plan to leave for only a short time.
This year, 3 bears have been hit by vehicles! (25 bears were hit by cars last year.) One of the three bears hit and killed was a cub along the Glacier Point Road. Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention while driving.
Let us know if you see a bear, no matter where it is or what it's doing. Call 209/372-0322 or send an email.
Other Wildlife Sightings
Several mountain lions have been reported throughout the park recently including: El Portal neighborhood, Wawona Campground, and Yosemite Valley. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/mountainlion.htm.
Note: A bear incident occurs when a bear causes a monetary loss to a person--that is, if the bear causes property damage or obtains food. Bear incidents also include cases of bears causing injury to a person (which are fairly uncommon).