Bear Facts

June 26-July 9

updated as often as possible

Fascinating Bear Fact

Bear milk provides three times the energy when compared to human milk and contains 30-33% fat on average compared to about 3-4% fat of human milk.

Bear Incidents

Location Biweekly total
This year
Parking lots and roadsides
0 0
Campgrounds 0 4
Other areas 0 1
Residential 0 0
Wilderness 2 8
Total 2 13

Number of incidents last year
To date: 43
Total: 76

So far this year, incidents are down 70% compared to the same time last year, but down 92% since 1998.

Activity Update

Two incidents occurred this week at Sunrise Creek and Clouds Rest junctions along the John Muir Trail. One incident occurred after a visitor accidentally left trail mix in the pocket of their pack. The other incident involved a bear entering a campsite and getting food from an open bear canister that was too far from visitors. Remember that while in Yosemite, all food must remain within arm's reach, unless properly stored in a bear resistant food container. Bears are still being seen foraging naturally along roadsides and in meadows parkwide. If you see a bear along a road, please do not stop in the roadway: give the bear plenty of space (at least 50 yards).

Slow Down!

This year, 9 bears have been hit by cars! (37 bears were hit by cars last year.) Five of these bears were killed on impact, including a mother bear that was hit this week, orphaning her three cubs. These cubs were taken to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc. where they will be cared for until they are old enough to be released back into the park. 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

Several mountain lions have been reported throughout the park this year, including a recent sighting in Yosemite Valley near Pohono Bridge. 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
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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