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Bear facts: June 6th-June 12th, 2010

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avatar Bear facts: June 6th-June 12th, 2010
June 16, 2010 05:06PM
BEAR FACTS: June 6th-June 12th, 2010

# of indicentsDamage
Parking Lots3$670
Campgrounds3$1,010
Other Areas4$412
Backcountry0$0
Total10$2,092

YEARLY TOTAL:

# of IncidentsDamage
Parking Lots42$19,915
Campgrounds24$2,162
Other Areas63$9,766
Backcountry2$130
Total131$31,973

Additionally there have been 24 bear incidents where a bear obtained trash that was left out or from trash cans or dumpsters that were not secure.

Year to Date Comparisons for the Week of June 6th-June 12th

19982010Percent Change20092010Percent Change
Incidents354131-62.99%139131-5.76%
Damage$166,180$31,973-80.76%$10,196$31,973+213.58%

There have already been 8 bears hit, and 5 killed by vehicles this year. Please obey speed limits and pay attention while driving!

Six bears were hit by vehicles in the last two weeks and five of them were killed. This brings the yearly total to eight bears hit in the park. SLOW DOWN, ENJOY THE VIEW AND SAVE A BEAR! Bear incidents spiked last week with property damage occurring in ten areas throughout Yosemite Valley. Bears check parking lots for vehicles with food inside them throughout the night and break into them to obtain it. All food items must be removed from vehicles and stored properly at night. Failure to remove food items may result in severe damage to your vehicle. Bears also obtained food from improperly latched bear lockers in Housekeeping Camp as well as Upper, North and Lower Pines Campgrounds. PLACE ALL FOOD ITEMS IN YOUR LOCKER AND TAKE THE TIME TO MAKE SURE IT IS PROPERLY LATCHED.

If you are visiting Yosemite, be aware that bears are extremely clever and opportunistic. It is your responsibility as a visitor to ensure that bears do not get your food. Please keep these animals wild by diligently following all park laws. If you see a bear during your visit please report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322.

Bears that are captured in developed areas are fitted with a cattle tag in their ear to help identify them as individuals. The colors and numbers on these tags are arbitrarily assigned.
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