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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Track Yosemite Bears On Your Smartphone!

Above, a black bear at Yellowstone Bear World in Rexburg, Idaho. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Travelers, conservationists, wildlife enthusiasts and ordinary people can now track select bears in Yosemite National Park.

According to the Mercury News:
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife enthusiasts around the world can now follow the daily journey of Yosemite National Park’s black bears from their laptops and smartphones, tracking the iconic animals as they lope up steep canyons and cross vast distances in search of food and mates. 
Park rangers on Monday unveiled keepbearswild.org, which shows where select bears fitted with GPS collars are heading. The tracking tool, which pings the bears’ steps from satellites, has already revealed surprises, wildlife biologists say.
Above, a food storage container at Yosemite's North Pines Campground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yosemite National Park has a sizable population of black bears. I saw one last year as I was driving on Tioga Pass Road. Unfortunately, it was a bear cub that was hit by a car. I camped at North Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley last year and each campsite has a bear-proof food storage container for campers,

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