Keep Bear Cubs Safe with GPS Tracking – 2017

Cub-sized GPS collars will help a trio of orphaned black bear cubs stay safe as they are reintroduced to the wilds of Yosemite. Photo: Teddy Llovet.

With support from Conservancy donors, Yosemite has taken great strides in protecting black bears, using everything from visitor education to high-tech equipment to keep these iconic animals wild.

While incidents have dropped dramatically in recent decades, they do still occur. In July 2016, three cubs were orphaned when their mother was struck by a car on Tioga Road. The cubs spent several months in an off-site care facility and were released back into Yosemite in early 2017. This grant funded three cub-size GPS collars that allowed managers to track the trio in their natural habitat as they emerged from hibernation in early spring.

Your support helped wildlife managers use data to monitor a wildlife reintroduction effort and gain insights to inform future efforts to care for injured or orphaned animals.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Cub-sized GPS collars will keep these orphaned bears safe as they roam Yosemite.

Yosemite is prime habitat for American black bears. With GPS collars, we can track the long-term success of rehabilitated bear cubs like never before.

Caitlin Lee-Roney
Wildlife Biologist
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Nature Notes: Black Bears

Hundreds of black bears make their home in Yosemite and seeing a wild bear is often the highlight of a trip to the park.