August 24-September 6, 2014
Fascinating Bear Fact
White-colored black bears (also known as Kermode or spirit bears), which live in British Columbia, are 30% more efficient at capturing salmon during the daytime compared to black bears. At night they have a similar rate of success.
Number of incidents last year
To date: 99
So far this year, incidents are up 44% compared to the same time last year, but down 89% since 1998.
This year, 22 bears have been hit by vehicles! (Sixteen bears were hit by cars last year.) Two bears were hit in the past few weeks. 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
Multiple mountain lions have been seen throughout Yosemite Valley over the past two weeks. 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 March 1987, the largest historical rockfall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of Three Brothers, closing Northside Drive for several months.