[pct-l] Bears in Yosemite

Herb Stroh HStroh at sjmslaw.com
Mon Sep 29 14:43:55 CDT 2014

Interesting article in the Seattle Times entitled "Yosemite Solving Bear Problem by Educating Animals-and Humans" http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2024637632_yosemitebearsxml.html

*        Reports of bears damaging property or injuring people is down 92% since 1988;

*        Reports of bears destroyed due to bear/human contact has fallen from 10 per year to 1 or two;

*        There has never been a report of a black bear killing a person in Yosemite or all of California;

*        From 1923 to 1971 rangers intentionally left food out for bears so tourists could take pictures. (I remember when the park service maintained bleachers by the dump for everyone to sit and watch the bears eat trash!)

*        4,000 bear lockers have been installed in Yosemite, half of which was funded by the Yosemite Conservancy;

*        A study analyzing bear fur and bones found a 63 percent drop in the proportion of human food bears consume now as compared with the 70s and 80s;

*        Bears are becoming 'wild' again, as those use to human food die off and the younger ones find it more difficult to obtain human food.


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