Yosemite park ranger shares heartbreaking plea to visitors to slow down after a bear cub was killed by a car

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I live in Colorado. Over the last year or so there’s been a huge increase in the number of people (both locals and tourists) in our outdoor spaces, and it seems a lot of them aren’t what you would refer to as “outdoor” people. The parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, RMNP, etc…) have always had this problem, but it’s increased dramatically with COVID and spread beyond the borders of the parks much more. People that haven’t spent a lot of time outdoors haven’t learned things like Leave No Trace, Leash Your Dog, and Put Your Headphones In. It’s frustrating, because I really want people to enjoy and appreciate nature but it’s definitely taking a toll. With social media in the mix, a lot of places with very fragile ecosystems that used to be relatively unknown have been hugely impacted. We really need to better fund our parks and wildlife departments (state and national) and empower them to be out doing more enforcement. A few years ago I watched a group hop out of their car at Hanging Lake with a dog (no dogs allowed). Politely told them the dog wasn’t allowed up there, they proceeded anyways (past 2 “No Dogs Allowed” signs) and right into the arms of a park ranger who cut them a ticket for several hundred dollars. That hike is now on a reservation system with a shuttle from Glenwood Springs due to being “loved to death”. EDIT: The headphones comment is for the people that like to hike with a bluetooth speaker blasting their music to the world. I’m out trying to enjoy nature, not hear the latest pop/rap/whatever music they like. I live/hike in bear and lion country, and it’s entirely possible to put one earbud in and maintain situational awareness. A bear or mountain lion will hear you coming if you aren’t a ninja, so no you don’t need your music to scare them away.

AirMurica

I spent the summer of 2020 (Mariposa Grove side) right outside Yosemite. Barely anyone drives slow through Yosemite; it’s 40-5O easy. You’d think the wind and winding roads would slow people down, but that isn’t the case at all.

prestigeEL

This is so so common. When I visited Yellowstone 3 yrs ago the Ranger told us about a mama bear that had her cubs hit two years in a row! The rangers were closely monitoring her territory for speeders & warning every car. It’s heart breaking. Edit – I guess that wasn’t clear – not written warnings for speeding. They were preemptively asking every to be extra careful as we entered the park. They can & will write speeding tickets.

Bacon_Bitz

We need to massively limit the number of people visiting these parks.

IVIUAD-DIB

it’ll fall on deaf ears

Jezzdit