An estimated 400-500 black bears live in the 1200 sq miles of Yosemite. Generally, they are not a problem. Humans continue to be their worst nightmare. In 2013, there were 155 “bear incidents.” That term officially describes when a bear causes a “monetary loss to a person.”
Where does the most activity take place??? Not in the backcountry. Not in the parking lots or even Curry Village. It’s in Little Yosemite Valley. In 2013, overall incidents are down 22% compared to the same time in 2012. And 2013 was down 92% since 1998. Why? Bear proof storage boxes. An aggressive program starting in 1999 turned the corner.
A report in the March issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,
showed that from 1975 to 1985, human food made up about a third of the diet of bears. Rcords going back to 1915, revealed that the diets of bears went from 30% human food to 13% today. This data was a result of a new technique that uses isotope ratios differences between wild bear food and human food, creating a record of the bears’ dietary make up.
And now the sad news: 16 bears were hit by vehicles in 2013. The cause: Well, the bears can’t read, so they wander out along the shoulders looking for grub. The Tioga Road is a common area, as cars tend to speed through.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: – “Feed me, feed me, feed me / Feed me Seymour / Feed me all night long / That’s right, boy! / You can do.” – Little Shop of Horrors
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com