Track Movements of Bears in Yosemite - 2014

Real-time monitoring and mapping of bear movements reveals new information on Yosemite’s bears.

Yosemite’s black bears are on the move, and tracking them is no easy feat. This 2014 project funded the purchase of GPS collars to help park wildlife managers understand the movements of black bears beyond Yosemite Valley.

Past projects funded by the Conservancy expanded Yosemite’s bear-monitoring system to alert wildlife managers when collared bears enter developed areas. The new collars not only provide these alerts, but also include technology to track bears’ movements once they have left developed areas, providing currently unknown information about how bears are using the majority of the park’s wild habitat. With your support, the park placed GPS collars on nine black bears in 2014, enabling scientists to monitor and map the animals’ movements in real time.

Your gifts expand the park’s understanding of Yosemite’s black bear population and helps keep these beautiful mammals — and the public — safe.

Photo credit: Bob Roney

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Seeing a wild bear in its natural habitat is one of the most exhilarating aspects of my job. I’m over the moon when I see wild bears doing wild things.

Ryan Matthew Leahy
National Park Service