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Maryanne1...
We will be in Yosemite the evenings of 10/6-10/8, is there any where that we can join in on a campfire?
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You're getting in just under the wire to have your own campfire in the park (at designated locations) as the last day permitted is October 15th.  In terms of hosted NPS campfires and Ranger campfire talks, you'll have to check with the park itself for an updated schedule.  The best number to call is: (209) 372-0200; press 3 then 5.

Have a great trip!

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MOTTAY Mi...
Hi I'm writing from France! this summer I was at Yellowstone NP, can you give me the names of ALL animals living in the park for my pictures
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Yes, you can find out more about the animals in the park on our Yellowstone Flora & Fauna page. For checklists of  mammals and birds that live in the park, visit the NPS Yellowstone Wildlife page.
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nancy les...
Are tent trailers safe in bear country?
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Generally speaking, yes, assuming that you follow the rules of the park. Venturing into the backcountry, with or without bears, always comes with certain risks, which can be minimized by following basic safety procedures. The number one rules with respect to bears apply to food and anything with a scent. Bears have super sharp sense of smell (they can smell through a tin can), so you need to be sure to store food outside of your tent. For a complete list of the rules, check out the following link to a section about bears and food storage at Yosemite: 

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bearcanisters.htm  

Also, there's a short video of how to be safe in bear country on the home page of OhRanger.com.  Have fun in the park and be sure to share your experience with the rest of the park-loving community at OhRanger.com.



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nancy les...
Are tent trailors safe in bear country if you are cooking and eatinf in them?
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Camping in bear country is absolutely "safe" so long as you properly pack your supplies and dispose of waste.  Here's an interesting video clip of what can happen if you don't!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9T9Il_Q3YY
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Park Love...
Where are the wolves?
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Do they have grizzly bears in yosimte park
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No, there are no grizzlies at Yosemite.  Even though the state flag of California has an image of a grizzly, they are sadly no longer found in the state.  So if you see a bear at Yosemite, it will be a black bear (though they may not always be black in color).  Don't be fooled by their sometimes cute appearance, bears are wild and dangerous.  To get tips on bear safety, please check out the video on the right hand column of the home page of OhRanger.com.

Have a great time in the park and please come back and share your knowledge by answering questions of other members of our community!    

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stationpi...
Is carring bear spray legal in Great Smokey National Park?
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Rules on bear spray do vary from park to park, and actually from year to year sometimes in a particular park depending on a number of factors.  As of today, Bear Spray is allowed to be carried in the Smoky Mountains, but should ONLY be used for the purposes of self-protection.  In addition, the park requires that the particular brand of spray (they can be different) must be registered with EPA and labeled as such.

In a recent statement, the park suggested that anyone with further questions should call the office of Bill Wright, Chief Ranger, at 865-436-1225.

Have a great trip, and may all your bear sightings be from a safe distance!

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beckyhopk...
Yosemite curry village--can I have a cooler in the tent (without worrying about bears)?
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Whether you are deep in the woods or closer to the road, bears will come where the food is, and certainly spend time in Curry Village from time to time  (wouldn't you with all that delicious BBQ smell!)...  For this reason, all tent sites are equipped with bear-proof food lockers which MUST be used at all times when food is not in use.  Bears have an incredibly keen sense of smell and will detect food in virtually any cooler. 

This is a very important and common question.  And if you follow the basic rules (meant for your safety and the bears') you certainly shouldn't have to worry about bears.

DNC, Inc. (the operator of Curry Village and other Yosemite concessions) has done an excellent job outlining general camper rules, regulations and expectations.  Please see them here below, and of course check back with us at www.OhRanger.com with any more questions.

http://www.yosemitepark.com/CurryVillage_CampEtiquette.aspx


Have a great trip!

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muirlande...
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That's a no-can-do! Curry Village has plentiful bear lockers. Use them or expect a fuzzy visitor!-muirlander
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Park Love...
When do fall colors appear in Yellowstone?
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The general rule of thumb is that aspens and maples in the Rocky Mountain parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier and Rocky Mountain) typically approach their peak vibrance in mid-to-late September.

To track fall color trends and fine-tune your travel plans to Yellowstone,  check out the Foliage Network for the latest updates. 

Have a wonderful time leaf peeping in Yellowstone this fall! Be sure to check back in with us after you trip to share your leaf-peeping adventures with your fellow park enthusiasts.

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Park Love...
Have there been any bear attacks?
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Yes, however, bear attacks are both rare and preventable. According to the National Park Service, if you encounter a bear you should keep their distance out of safety and respect for yourself and the animal. If you see a black bear in undeveloped areas, you should remain at least 50 yards from it. If you encounter a bear in developed areas, you should stand their ground and scare the bear away by raising your arms and making loud noises. Black bears may show dominance by bluff charging, especially when guarding food or cubs. For more information on what you should do if you see a bear click here.

Also, check out the answer to this similar question and watch the bear safety video, which you will find in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.

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