Park Invites News Media to Cover the 15th Annual Apple Picking Event
Black bear – human incidents in Yosemite National Park have been reduced
approximately 90 percent since 1998 (an incident is defined as an
interaction between a bear and a person or property). Additionally,
property damage has been reduced by approximately 87 percent. These
significant reductions are attributed to an intensive public outreach and
education campaign stressing proper food storage that the park has
undertaken since 1998 (this had been the biggest year to date for bear
incidents/property damage). Further, park visitors have done an excellent
job with proper food storage, thus severely reducing the availably of human
food for bears.
Another tactic in reducing bear incidents is removing non-native food
sources from Yosemite Valley. There are two historic apple orchards in
Yosemite Valley (in the Curry Village parking area and near the stables)
that produce apples which attract bears to highly concentrated visitor use
areas. For the 15th consecutive year, the park will conduct an Apple
Picking Event, in which park visitors and volunteers are asked to help
collect apples from the trees in the Curry Village orchard. Additionally,
park staff will be onsite to provide help in picking apples and provide
public education and awareness.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Curry Village Apple Orchard from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Media parking available onsite)
Yosemite National Park Rangers, Wildlife Biologist, and park volunteers