Yosemite Bear news – Incidents are down over 2014 so far

Black bear

Bears want food – not you.

Thanks to the Yosemite’s diligent program to educate the public about bears, there are way less incidents than in years past. An incident is when a bear takes something of value from a person.  We have about 400 of them and they can get to over 400 pounds.

On a year-to-date basis, in 1998 there were: 338 incidents; so far in 2015 only 29. That’s good.  What’s bad? So far this year, 3 bears have been hit by vehicles.

In the history of the park – NO ONE has been killed by a bear. Wow. No one. How about injuries?

Ranger Ryan Leahy, Wildlife Biologist, told me that in the 57 years of data collection, Yosemite has had a total of 351 total injuries which averages out to 6.1 human injuries per year.

There has not been a single bear-related human injury in Yosemite National Park since 2011. Whew.

Injury types are only available for a portion of the incidents, but injuries trend toward scratches on the face, minor bites, bumps, bruises and lacerations from contact with bears.

Conclusion – Use the bear proof containers, keep your car empty of anything that smells or looks like food (coolers, lotions, cans included) – especially at night. And keep your backpack outside if it has held beef jerky or other raw food. I’ve seen one ripped to shreds.

Bears are kinda like pigs…they want the easy food – not you. If you come across one, keep back. If it approaches, look big, make noise and toss sticks / rocks NEAR it; not at it. They will wander away.

To report any bear activity or possible attractants that need attention, call the Save-a-Bear Hotline at (209) 372-0322. The welfare of Yosemite’s bears is in all of our hands.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I got them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’ ‘workin’ at the car wash’ blues” – Jim Croce

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Hey Rick – When’s your next REI webinar?

I get this questions alot lately. It’s approaching the end of June, and I haven’t been asked to give my Half Dome HOW-TO talk at the Bay Area REI’s.

This is odd, as I have done all the Bay area stores since 2007, when my self-published book came out.  Cocnord, San Jose, Marina, Berkeley, etc. Even the 2-hour drive up to Corte Madera and Santa Rosa. Most audiences run about 20-30 people, with the record being 132 at the San Jose store in 2009.

Odd, in that I bring people into the store and many purchase something. But the important thing is that  I tell folks how to do the hike safely. Kinda important. Last summer, I MC’s the Ken Burns film at 5 REI’s. And no calls to talk. Maybe employees are doing it to save money. But wait – REI does not compensate their speakers – no coupons, no water bottles.

The only Half Dome guide book

The only Half Dome guide book

Also odd that they no longer sell my book. The ONLY book dedicated to hiking Half Dome. Geology, History, Gear, trail guide.

If you’d like me to do it near you, talk to the manager.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.” – Google CEO Eric Schmidt

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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DNC out as Yosemite Concessionaire – Aramark will be next company to run park.

NEWS FLASH –  Yosemite Hospitality, LLC aka Aramark wins contract; to begin in March 2016.  Unknown if the park will need to pay $51M to DNC to use the names: “Ahwahnee Hotel” etc.

Full story

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Change can be good.” – Wise old man

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


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