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Surprisingly, the Park Service has little information or warnings regarding the most dangerous animal in the park, the mosquito. If you're in the vicinity of any meadow, you're bound to be eaten alive; even large amounts of DEET don't deter them. The good news is, although Yosemite National Park protects wildlife, you're free to kill all the mosquitoes you like. Word of warning: Cook's Meadow and Ahwahnee Meadow have especially large concentrations of mosquitoes.

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Jul 05, 2006

Mountain Lions

Particularly if you're walking around deep in the woods at night, these guys might notice you and become interested. Don't try to hide from them (you can't, anyway). Instead, show them you don't care that they know you're there, and that you're not prey at all--in fact, that you're aggressive and dangerous yourself. Talk loudly, even if it's to yourself; sounding angry is a plus. If you're approached anyway, holler, stomp, unzip your jacket to look larger, throw rocks and sticks. Remember, you're aggressive, and you are not prey. DO NOT RUN. That's what prey does, and the cat's hunting instincts will kick in. Finally, in the extremely unlikely case that you do get attacked, FIGHT BACK! You'll be injured whether you fight or not, but if you do fight, you have a chance at survival.

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Oct 06, 2006

The animals are wild

You will see wildlife like deer, "wolves or foxes", squirrels. Remember the animals are wild and protected and so enjoy from a distance.

Keep food stored in proper lockers available and not in your tents or car where a bear can create havoc.

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Aug 29, 2006

Bears Oh MY!

This picture is pretty self explanatory.... Yosemite is definately bear country!

Bears have been known to cause major property damage in search of food.

Pay attention to the Park warnings and bear etiquette.

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Jun 06, 2006
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If you take a certain number of precautions, you're likely never to see a bear or have to deal with one in Yosemite. All bears found in Yosemite National Park are black bears, as the grizzly bears were hunted to extinction by the start of the 20th century. Even black bear numbers are fairly low; still, there are enough bear incidents in Yosemite to make it a major issue.
A few rules concerning bears:
1. NEVER feed a bear! Not only is this illegal and will you be fined heavily, but this is also bad for the bear. Park rangers will tell you, a fed bear is a dead bear, since fed bears will associate humans with food. Before long, they will start approaching people, causing potential injury to other people or running out in the middle of the road and getting hit by cars.

2. Don't speed. There are many red bear signs on Tioga Road that signal where bears have been hit and killed by cars.

3. DO NOT APPROACH bears. If you see a bear from the roadside, take photos of it from inside your car; don't run out and approach it, like some idiots I saw. If you're hiking, back away slowly from the bear; be sure not to walk between a mother and cubs, which will probably end up in you getting mauled by a bear. If a bear threatens, act big and throw things at it; if it attacks, fight back. Maulings are rare and there are less than one per year.

4. Keep all food and scented materials stored in bearproof containers. Do not leave any food in cars, which bears can easily break into. Also, don't leave coolers in cars, even if they are empty, since bears have learned to connect coolers with food. If you are camping (or staying at Curry Village) do not leave food or scented items in your tent. Please help the National Park Service keep these bears wild.

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Aug 24, 2006

Wild animals, they just kept up popping!

It's always quite an amazing experience to see the wild life in its natural environment. At Yosemite National Park we saw a lot of wild animals, it looked like they just kept popping up!

Often seen grazing in or on near meadows, the natural timid mule deer has grown accustomed to seeing people. Although it appears to be tame, and may even approach you. its still is a wild animal. Always leave it a wide area to walk away and never try to feed it.

We also saw the western gray squirrel on the ground or in the trees. It is known for its impressive bushy gray tail. Never tempt it with food or approach it at close range.

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Nov 05, 2006

Bears and Mountain Lions

Grizzly bears and mountain lions call Yosemite home. I did not encouter one here. Ironically, I saw a bear the other day in front of my house in New Jersey. They are here and there have been encounters. Don;t go off to far on your own here.

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Jun 23, 2003

"smarter than the aaaverage bear!"

When you visit here, you can't help but to see the warnings for bears. Most campsites have "bear lockers" which provide a "safe" to keep your food and any other things you wish not to have the local wildlife go through. The squirrels, chipmunks, and raccoons can get rather bold as well.

I can speak from experience on all animals. It is especially not a pleasant experience to be woken from a deep sleep at 1am while a huge bear decides to tear your campsite apart. Like in most cases, it was our fault, so head to the precautionary measures.

They are smart enough to recognize coolers, they can open up the lids to jars, the can open car doors (or… unless they feel like just tearing off the door instead). Try not to eat sweets before bed and before going to bed, rinse off your mouth anyway. There was an incident in Kings Canyon (south of Yosemite) where a group of backcountry hikers/campers was “attacked” at night. The bear smelled the candy residue on the campers’ mouths. Need I say more?

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Apr 04, 2011

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During my hike of the Valley loop trail we came across a black bear. It was about 2pm just off the trail between us and the South Side drive. The bear didn't seem to notice us or at least paid us no mind. Although the bear is brown, it was considered a black bear. So be alert and if/when you encounter a bear, and it is off the trail, just mind you business and continue on. If the bear notices you, approaches or in the path of your route, wave your arms and make alot of noise. The bear really wants no part of you.

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Aug 09, 2012

Do NOT Feed the Wildlife

The National Park Service prohibits feeding animals. Of course, they may seem rather tame; most of them, especially at the popular tourist spots, are accustomed to having people around. And they may beg for food.

Don't give them any. Remember the ranger slogan: A fed animal is a dead animals. Or, as the late Milton Friedman always said, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Let them fend for themselves. If they become dependent upon humans, then they are no longer truly wild; they turn into little beggars.

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Apr 07, 2007

Yosemite is not a Zoo

When visiting Yosemite National Park you may see several types of Wild Animals. This includes Bears, Deer, Squirrels, Mountain Lions, and Bobcats.

One of the most common animals you will see is Deer. They generally love to feed in the Meadows along the side of the roads. Keep in mind that these are wild animals and will defend themselves if they feel threatened. So if you see them give them distance, do not attempt to approach them, do not attempt to feed them.

This applies to all other animals you might encounter, but Deer is the most common around the village area.

Sep 07, 2006


You'll hear about them all the time while you're here. Keep your food in bear canisters. If bears ever appear, don't act like prey. Be extremely aggressive. They won't want to deal with you and will leave you alone. Yell, stomp, bang stuff, throw sticks and rocks. Unzip your jacket to make yourself look larger. Put children on your shoulders to look like one large animal. And so on and so forth.

Oh, but don't be afraid of wandering into a bear trap. You really won't miss it.

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Oct 06, 2006

Things To Do Near Yosemite National Park

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Mirror Lake

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Ahwahnee Hotel

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Half Dome

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This is a must do, even if there is traffic. The views are amazing and there are plenty of parking along side the road if there is a view you would like to see a little longer.Coming into the valley,...
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Glacier Point

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