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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is closed until spring 2017 - The Mariposa Grove is closed for a restoration project. More

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Yosemite Bear Awareness

Bear Awareness: Be Bear Aware

Yosemite has a long relationship with its black bears. Lucky visitors have a chance to spot one of these beautiful, and normally shy, animals during their visit. But bear awareness isn’t just about spotting these magnificent creatures, it’s also about knowing what to do when you encounter one – and protecting them by taking responsibility for your actions while in the Park. Learn how to be “bear aware” during your visit.

Bear Facts - interesting information about Yosemite's bears.

Bear Encounters - What to do when you see a bear.

Food Storage - the number one way to protect yourself, your property and Yosemite's bears.

Bear Management - What NPS is doing to manage and protect bears, and how you can help.


Podcast: "Protecting Wildness: Bears and Food Storage in Yosemite"

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Take a moment and learn what it takes to keep bears wild in this short podcast. Podcast was written and developed by Veronica Hernandez, and produced by Cory Goehring, both with the Interpretive Services Department.

Play Podcast (mp3 format)

Read the downloadable script

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