Bear Facts

October 2-15
updated as often as possible

Fascinating Bear Fact

Black bears can lose up to half a pound a day while hibernating.

Bear Incidents

Location 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
To date: 62
Total: 76

So far this year, incidents are down 55% compared to the same time last year, and down 97% since 1998.

Activity Update

Only one bear incident occurred within the last few weeks in Yosemite. A hiker was bluff charged by a bear while walking the Mirror Lake Loop Trail in Yosemite Valley. Remember to always keep food within arm's reach while out hiking. Hungry or curious bears can appear out of nowhere and can easily destroy backpacks or damage property that is sitting out with easily obtainable food. Additionally, a bear has been seen on an almost daily basis for the last week in El Portal neighborhoods. Right now, bears in the Sierra Nevada are currently seeking out and eating up to three or four times their normal summer caloric intake to get ready for winter which means they are traveling widely and willing to eat almost anything. Help 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, 25 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
Mountain lions continue to be reported on a regular basis in Yosemite Valley. 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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