HUMAN-BEAR MANAGEMENT AT YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: FINALLY, A STORY OF SUCCESS.
Caitlin J. Lee-Roney; National Park Service; PO Box 577, Yosemite , CA, 95389; (209) 372-0476; caitlin_lee-roney@nps.gov; Ryan M. Leahy, Katie M. Patrick, Rachel Mazur, Ryan Leahy
Yosemite National Park has over a hundred and fifty year history of human-bear incidents. In 1998, conflicts hit their peak, totaling an astounding 1,584 incidents that equated to $659,569 in damage. Yet since then, incidents have sharply declined to the point when in 2018, they totaled less than 30, even as visitation skyrocketed to almost five million visitors per year. We explore the reasons things got so bad, and then the research, politics, inventions, trial-and-error, and hard work it took to improve the situation so dramatically.
Yosemite Restoration II