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Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018

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avatar Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
November 20, 2018 01:31PM
2018 Total Bear Incidents: 20
2018 Total Property Damage: $1,875

Compared to this same week 2017 (the lowest year on record), bear incidents in 2018 are down by 43% and damage amounts (in dollars) are down by 64%. Compared to 1998 (when incidents in the park peaked), bear incidents and damages in 2018 are down by 99%.

Bear Activity Summary: Bears are being seen daily in Yosemite Valley. Bears have been entering the campgrounds on a nightly basis. Over Veterans Day weekend, bears obtained food garbage on three separate occasions from campsites. Due to the large mast of acorns this fall along with a lack of precipitation, bears are expected to be active well into December (if not later).

Red Bear, Dead Bear: So far this year, 16 bears have been hit by vehicles along park roads. Please help protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and being prepared to stop for animals on roads.

Fascinating Bear Fact: On average, adult female bear home ranges are between 2.5-10 square miles, whereas males are typically 10-60 square miles. However, bears collared in Yosemite have been known to travel over a hundred miles away!

Please report bear incidents and sightings: Call the Save-A-Bear Hotline at +1 209 372-0322 or e-mail yose_bear_mgmt@nps.gov. For more information about Yosemite’s Bears, please visit: http://www.Keepbearswild.org.
Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
December 09, 2018 02:02PM
"Red Bear, Dead Bear"

What the heck is a red bear? (Other than an out-of-date political symbol.)
avatar Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
December 09, 2018 02:24PM
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"Red Bear, Dead Bear"

What the heck is a red bear? (Other than an out-of-date political symbol.)

Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
December 10, 2018 07:45AM
Thanks... I still don't get the logic, though. Do they put that sign up where a bear is actually hit by a car?
Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
December 10, 2018 10:54PM
Yes The text for the picture of the above sign reads ' "Red Bear-Dead Bear" signs mark vehicle-bear collision sites as part of an education effort to encourage drivers to slow down.'

See https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/bear-management.htm for more info.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/10/2018 10:54PM by kwinin.
avatar Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
December 25, 2018 12:25PM
From the NPS website:
One of the most visible bear management tools is the "Red Bear-Dead Bear" signage. To minimize collisions between cars and wildlife in Yosemite National Park, an education initiative began in 2007. The red bear program aims to increase visitor awareness of the high frequency of vehicle-animal collisions, to encourage visitors to be aware of wildlife along roadsides, and to observe posted speed limits. Typically a dozen or more black bears are killed or maimed each year by vehicles; in 2010, 28 vehicle-bear collisions were reported.

The program includes 18 metal signs, illustrated with a red bear, positioned off the road where collisions in the park occurred. The attention-grabbing sign design and coloration is based on recommendations from a 2003 Wyoming roadway and wildlife crossing study. It indicated that traditional wildlife crossing signs, such as a yellow diamond-shaped sign with a black leaping deer, are often ineffective in mitigating vehicle-animal collisions, but innovative signage of animal silhouettes, in conjunction with a public education and awareness campaign, can be effective.

Since the Yosemite project began, the park has received an increase in reports of vehicle-bears collisions, but it's unclear to scientists if more bears have been hit by cars or if the sign campaign simply has encouraged the public to report collisions they witness. Yosemite's signage project also includes educational displays, in the form of flyers and posters, at entrance stations, visitor centers, and stores. Evaluation of this program is still ongoing.
Re: Yosemite Bear Facts November 4th - November 17th, 2018
January 01, 2019 08:32AM
One more question. What constitutes a "bear incident"? I'm not sure how to square these numbers:

"2018 Total Bear Incidents: 20"

"Over Veterans Day weekend, bears obtained food garbage on three separate occasions from campsites."

Does that mean that 3 of 20 "incidents" occurred in that one (off-season) weekend?
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