If you see a Bear in Developed Areas of 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.
- Report all bear incidents to a park ranger.
- Never approach a bear! Like all wild animals, they can be unpredictable and dangerous.
If you see a Bear in the Backcountry
- Keep a safe distance of at least 50 yards from the bear. Photographers, this is a good time to employ your zoom lens.
- If a bear comes into your camp, do all you can to scare it off: Yell, bang pots, and throw pine cones until it walks away. Be persistent if necessary.
- Count yourself lucky! Watching a black bear in its native habitat is one of Yosemite’s most thrilling experiences.