2014-10-30 / Front Page

Thursday meeting will tackle bears

(Photo: Bob Roney / Yosemite Conservancy)(Photo: Bob Roney / Yosemite Conservancy)Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 - 9:45 a.m. - Yosemite's bear-management staff have invited El Portal residents to a 7 p.m. meeting this evening to discuss bear issues in the community. The region's drought may be tempting the animals to grab easy pickings from humans, one bear expert has said.

In the Park itself, incidents of bears entering parking lots and campgrounds to search for food are up by 35 percent this year over last year, a Yosemite report said.

"During drought conditions... (bears will) seek for alternate food supplies," Roger Baldwin of the UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology said. "It brings them into conflict with humans."

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the El Portal Community Hall opposite the community's post office.

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