October 13-19, 2013
Fascinating Bear Fact
American black bears can walk upright (bipedal), but do so usually only for a few steps.
Number of incidents last year
To date: 147
So far this year, incidents are down 22% compared to the same time last year, and down 92% since 1998.
Several bears continue to be active in El Portal residential areas. This week a bear has been seen eating fruit in fruit trees in Old El Portal. Please protect yourself and your property by always clipping dumpsters and properly storing food and scented items inside your residence. Please do not leave windows or doors open if you are not home.
Bears have consistently been foraging along roadsides within the park. Always drive the speed limit within the park, and scan ahead for wildlife especially around drainages and around blind turns.
This year, 16 bears have been hit by vehicles! 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
This week, a resident saw a mountain lion while out jogging near the bottom of Foresta Rd at dusk. Last week a resident saw a mountain lion in the evening near Curry Village. 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?
Yosemite and Huangshan are sister parks. Huangshan, which protects over 77 magnificent granite peaks 3,000 feet (1,000 m) or higher, is one of China's most famous and sacred scenic areas. Countless poems and writings dating back 2,200 years attest to its beauty. More...