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Friday, June 16, 2017

Yosemite National Park Bear Facts

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

Last summer, I saw a sad sight: a dead bear cub in the road on Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park. It appeared to have been hit not too long before I saw it.

Unfortunately, bears are being killed by vehicles in the park.

According to the Sierra Sun Times:
2017 Total Bear Incidents: 12 
2017 Total Property Damage: $945 
June 16, 2017 - Compared to this same week 2016 (the lowest year on record for bear incidents), bear incidents in 2017 are up by 100% and damages are up by 34%. Compared to 1998 (when incidents in the park peaked), bear incidents in 2017 are down by 96%, and damages are down by 99%.

It isn't too much to ask for people to drive in any national park to drive carefully. As the Sierra Sun Times wrote:
Please help protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and being prepared to stop for animals in roadways.

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