Keep Bears Wild
KeepBearsWild.org is dedicated to raising awareness, appreciation and respect for Yosemite’s iconic and beloved black bears. Protecting bears is something we can all do.
Drive Slowly. Store Your Food. Keep Your Distance.
Help Protect Yosemite’s Bears
You can help protect Yosemite’s bears by driving slowly and alertly on park roads, storing food properly at all times, and observing bears from a safe and respectful distance.
Sadly dozens of black bears are struck by vehicles each year, making vehicle-bear collisions one of the leading causes of black bear mortality in Yosemite. Please drive slowly and alertly, and obey posted speed limits. Speeding kills bears!
Store your food at all times in a bear-proof locker or canister to prevent bears from becoming conditioned to human food. Not only is proper food storage important to the welfare of Yosemite’s bears, it’s required by law.
Observing and appreciating wild bears safely and respectfully is the responsibility of all park visitors. In fact, the health and well-being of Yosemite’s bears and wildlife depend on the thoughtful choices each and every park visitor makes.