Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Nature & Wildlife in Yosemite

Bears in Yosemite

About 300 to 500 American black bears live in the park. The name "black bear" is misleading, since the color of each bear varies from blond to cin- namon brown to black. The typical adult male weighs 300-350 pounds and adult female can weigh in at 200-250 pounds. About 300 ...

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Red Bear, Dead Bear

Speeding cars hit dozens of black bears, hundreds of deer, and countless other animals on park roads every year. The Red Bear, Dead Bear signs along the Tioga Road mark a place where a bear was recently hit. Driving the speed limit can help save wild ...

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Life of the Bear

Spring: April to June Food: Grasses, forbs and other plants. Bears are coming out of their dens. Cubs are just 10 pounds and still nursing. Their mothers begin to teach them about finding natural sources of food. Time to forage for food in lush meadows. Summer: June to August Food: Currants, raspberries, chokecherries ...

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Flora & Fauna

Yosemite's wide range of elevations, from its semi-arid foothills to its snowcapped mountains, has produced a habitat distribution that nurtures 37 types of native trees, over 1,000 species of wildflowers, 85 species of mammals, over 150 species of birds and 33 varieties of reptiles and amphibians. Some commonly seen ...

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Mountain Lions

Mountain lions serve an important role in the park ecosystem because they prevent the over-population of deer and other small mammals. Generally, the big cats are calm, quiet and elusive. Sightings are rare, so if you spot one, consider yourself privileged! A mountain lion attack is an extremely unlikely event. ...

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Keep Wildlife Wild And Alive

Keep wildlife wild and alive. Each year, countless animals are killed by speeding vehicles. Please slow down so that you can catch a glimpse of Yosemite's wild creatures. Observe wildlife from a safe distance. Yosemite's animals are wild creatures and can bite. If an animal is aware of your ...

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