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.
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A black bear eating grass.

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.