Bear Facts

October 16-29, 2016

updated as often as possible

Interested in stories from the Bear Team? Follow the Yosemite Bear Team Blog to read about the challenges and successes of Yosemite's bear management.

Fascinating Bear Fact

If a female bear does not have enough fat reserves stored up to sustain herself and cubs through hibernation, her body will terminate the pregnancy to ensure her own survival.

Bear Incidents


Biweekly total

This year

Parking lots and roadsides 0 0
Campgrounds 0 6
Other areas 1 4
Residential 0 0
Wilderness 0 24
Total 1 34

Number of incidents last year

So far this year, incidents are down 53% compared to the same time last year, and down 98% since 1998.

Activity Update

A bear reportedly damaged a tent recently at a popular wilderness camping area. It is unknown why the bear approached the unoccupied tents and destroyed them. Bears are curious and cannot tell the difference between something that smells good, but tastes bad until they’ve bitten into it. Protect yourself and property by storing all food and scented items in a secured canister when not using. Also, never cook or eat inside your tent while backpacking since spilled food can leave residue which might attract bears. Additionally, a bear has been reported along Tioga Road on a consistent basis over the last few weeks. Please remember to actively look for wildlife while driving through the park and obey speed limits.

Where are the bears? Bear Tracker displays data transmitted via satellite from the Bear Team’s state-of-the-art GPS bear collars, making it available to you to remotely explore the lives of these amazing animals. Please note: Data is delayed to protect the current location of bears.

Slow Down!

This year, 27 bears have been hit by cars! (37 bears were hit by cars last year.) Six of these bears were killed on impact. 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.

Learn more about bear biology and bear management in Yosemite.

Other Wildlife Sightings

A mountain lion was recently reported on the Mist Trail, a popular hiking trail. 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).

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389


(209) 372-0200

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