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#40349 - 09/24/14 08:54 AM Yosemite's wandering bears
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
This from the Yosemite FB page:

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Yosemite National Park

Ever wonder what a Yosemite bear does during the day? So did we! Thanks to Yosemite Conservancy donors, we now have some insight into how a handful of Yosemite's bears spend their time. You can learn more about the project at http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/new-program-tracks-yosemites-bears-in-real-time.htm.

In this map showing the movements of one bear over the course of two days in August, you can see that the bear started off in the rocks above Housekeeping Camp, visited Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite Village, Housekeeping Camp, and Lower Pines Campground, then raced up a steep ledge to Glacier Point, made a circuit around Sentinel Dome, then headed down a steep route back to Yosemite Valley, ending up back where the bear started nearly 48 hours later. Even for bears who regularly get food from people, it's only one of many sources of food: the most food-conditioned bears rely mostly on natural foods.



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#40350 - 09/24/14 08:57 AM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
In just two days that bear circled the valley twice, visited several campgrounds, climbed the ledges to Glacier Point, descended the Four Mile Trail area, and headed back to the starting point!

I wonder how much it slept.

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#40366 - 09/24/14 08:03 PM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: Steve C]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
Now he/she could probably get up Whitney in 4-5 hours....

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#40377 - 09/25/14 06:10 PM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: Steve C]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1566
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Originally Posted By: Steve C
In just two days that bear circled the valley twice, visited several campgrounds, climbed the ledges to Glacier Point, descended the Four Mile Trail area, and headed back to the starting point!

I wonder how much it slept.


Sounds just like a visit I had to the Valley back in the 60s.
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#40379 - 09/25/14 09:01 PM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: saltydog]
SierraNevada Offline


Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 1148
Loc: NorCal
Notice the symmetry - someone is bound to think the bear is trying to communicate something to aliens. I can envision this GPS bear tracking launching a new TV series of unexplained mysteries.

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#40382 - 09/26/14 07:37 AM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: SierraNevada]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1566
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
You're right! And I know what the pattern is!

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#40385 - 09/26/14 10:32 AM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: saltydog]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
The bear was trying to decide which side of the sprinkling/raining debate he should be on.

In the meantime, Olympic bears are not paying any attention:


Originally Posted By: from Kris H on Youtube
Published on Sep 21, 2014

This was a rare moment of a black bear playing in tarn (pond) atop Anderson Pass in the Olympics. I recently took a trip up to the Enchanted Valley in the Olympics National Park (9/2014). Upon reaching a tarn at the top of Anderson Pass, me and 2 others witnessed a black bear relaxing, swimming, bathing

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#40515 - 10/06/14 07:02 PM Re: Yosemite's wandering bears [Re: Steve C]
nyker Offline


Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 219
Loc: New York
wow, pretty cool. Looks like it was etching the constellation Orion in the ground. Imagine what the tracks of 100 bears would look like. Seems that just sitting in one place, you'd almost be assured a bear sighting given all the bruins in the park.

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