Bears in Yosemite

Of all the animals found in Yosemite National Park, black bears are what most people come to see. However, we hope you see them in the wild, not the campground.

Bearproof food storage lockers in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Bearproof Your Food and Smelly Things

Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country. Read More...

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No bear spray allowed in Yosemite National Park

If you have a trip planned to Yosemite National Park this summer, go ahead and leave the bear spray at home. It’s not allowed within park boundaries. Read More...

Black Bear in wooded area

Thwarting Junk-Food-Addicted Yosemite Bears using GPS

Yosemite’s 15 bear rangers and volunteers try to keep human food unavailable to bears. They track bear movements to be ready for confrontations. Read More...

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Tracking Bear Movement in Yosemite

With funding from the Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service was able to upgrade their bear tracking collars from radio telemetry to GPS which has an unlimited range and is more accurate. Read More...

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Watch for Black Bears in Yosemite

The largest mammal in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a full-grown adult male black bear typically weighs between 300 and 350 pounds, although the largest ever caught inside the park weighed a whopping 690 pounds! Read More...

A black bear eating grass.

What to Do if You See a Bear in Yosemite

Scare the bear away by shouting or banging pots and pans. Bears that learn to avoid people are less likely to become problem bears. Never approach it. Read More...

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Yosemite’s Bears Love Human Food

Beware with your food stuffs in Yosemite National Park – the black bears have a hearty appetite. Here are our tips for proper food storage while camping and exploring. Read More...