July 6-July 26, 2014
Fascinating Bear Fact
Sanpete County, Utah, holds the world record for the largest black bear skull.
Number of incidents last year
To date: 69
So far this year, incidents are up 64% compared to the same time last year, but down 71% since 1998.
Bears continue to be an active presence in campgrounds throughout the park including campgrounds along the Tioga Road. Please be aware that bears can enter campsites at any time of day, so be sure to always keep food within arm’s reach and never leave food unattended.
This year, 13 bears have been hit by vehicles! (Sixteen bears were hit by cars last year.) Three bears were hit recently on the Wawona Road near Wawona and another was hit near Crane Flat. 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
Mountain lions continue to be reported around El Portal and a few have been seen after dark in 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).
Did You Know?
In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.