[pct-l] Bears in Yosemite

Scott Williams baidarker at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 19:04:50 CDT 2014

Good article.  The new practices, including our use of bear cans while
backpacking, has brought about a huge change in my experience of the High
Sierra from when I was a kid in the '60s and dealing with problem bears was
a daily concern.  I hate carrying the darn things, but for the sake of the
bears and my overall enjoyment of hiking through those glorious mountains,
I'll do it.  It's a regulation I thoroughly support.



On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM, Herb Stroh <HStroh at sjmslaw.com> wrote:

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