Human Bear Conflicts Low in YNP in 2018
Written by jordanmckamey on November 4, 2019
Despite the challenges of managing visitors eager to photograph wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, the number of conflicts involving humans and bears was low in 2018, according to the park’s annual bear report.
Rangers were notified of 1,627 grizzly and black bear sightings in the park between March 10th and December 20th of 2018 the Cody Enterprise reported.
Yellowstone biologist Kerry Gunther said quote–“There were few bear-human conflicts inside of the park in 2018. However, managing visitors that stopped to view and photograph bears foraging in roadside meadows and thus creating large bear jams was a considerable management challenge.” End quote.
More than 4 million people visit the 3,400-square-mile (8,800-square-kilometer) park each year.
Park officials counted 240 “bear jams” in 2018 but only eight human-bear conflicts. In one of those instances, a hiker was injured during an accidental encounter with a bear on a trail.
Rangers removed 87 wildlife carcasses that could have attracted bears and installed 162 food storage lockers in 2018.