Bear Facts

September 20 to October 3, 2015

updated as often as possible

Fascinating Bear Fact

Black bear habitat historically ranged across the entire United States, but is now restricted (by human activity) to relatively undisturbed forested areas of North America.

Bear Incidents

Location Biweekly total
This year
Parking lots and roadsides
0 1
Campgrounds 0 20
Other areas 1 12
Residential 0 2
Wilderness 0 40
Total 1 75

Number of incidents last year
To date: 145
Total: 165

So far this year, incidents are down 49% compared to the same time last year, but down 95% since 1998.

Activity Update

One bear incident occurred this week in a Wawona residential area. A bear walked onto the deck of a house, approached a window to investigate what was around, and ripped a screen. The resident was able to scare the bear off by yelling at it. As residents, it is important to understand that bears are highly active in the fall, and as natural food sources dwindle late in the season, bears may become bolder and seek easily obtainable human food that is stored improperly at homes. Protect bears, your home, your neighborhood, and property by: keeping windows and doors shut and latched in unoccupied rooms and when you are not home, remove garbage and pet food from around your house, throw trash in secure dumpsters and remember to clip them.

Slow Down!

This year, 34 bears have been hit by cars! (25 bears were hit by cars last year.) Please protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and paying attention to roadsides 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.

Learn more about bear biology and bear management in Yosemite.

Other Wildlife Sightings Several mountain lions have been reported over the last few weeks including one that was reported in Curry Village. For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite National Park, please visit

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).

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