(CNN) — A ranger at Yosemite National Park is pleading to visitors to drive slow and keep alert after one other bear was killed by a car.
The ranger goes into element on how they set off to find the bear’s physique and transfer it off the roadway to “prevent any other animals from getting hit while scavenging on it.” The ranger additionally says they may takes measurements, accumulate samples and different information whereas on the scene. The bear’s dying might be yet one more quantity to add to the whole of bears hit by autos this 12 months.
“I try to remember how many times I’ve done this now and, truthfully, I don’t know,” reads the publish. “This is not what any of us signs up for, but it’s a part of the job nonetheless.”
Eight bears have been hit by autos alongside the park’s highway
The ranger mentioned the feminine cub that was hit by the car could not have been greater than six months outdated.
“For a moment I lose track of time as I stand there staring at its tiny body, but then the sound of more cars whizzing by reminds me of my place and my role,” reads the publish. “I let out a deep sigh and continue on with my task. I pick up the cub—it couldn’t be much more than 25 pounds—and begin carrying it off into the woods.”
The ranger mentioned they carried the cub off into the woods when an sudden customer made their presence be identified. Another bear was seen staring again on the ranger.
“Surprised, I stand up quickly and the bear runs off into the brush but stops not far off and looks back at me,” reads the publish. “Acting on instinct, I pick up a stick and smash it over a tree to scare the bear further away.”
The ranger suspects it was frequent space for a bear crossing since there was one other bear hit by a car in the identical space. But then one thing occurs that makes the ranger understand that this bear hanging across the space was grieving.
“From behind me there’s a deep toned but soft sounding grunt. I immediately know what it is,” reads the publish. “It’s a vocalization, the kind sows (female bears) make to call to their cubs. I turn and look in its direction and there she is, the same bear from before intently staring back at me.”
“This bear is the mom, and she never left her cub.”
The ranger acknowledged that the mama bear stored calling out to the cub and the calls “sounding more pained each time.” The ranger packed up their provides and on the best way out of the realm arrange a distant digicam to seize the interplay.
“Why? Every year we report the number of bears that get hit by vehicles, but numbers don’t always paint a picture,” reads the publish. “I want people to see what I saw: the sad reality behind each of these numbers.”
‘Protecting Yosemite’s black bears is one thing we will all do’
The plea by the ranger comes because the park is in peak season for visitors — June by September are the park’s busiest months.
“Remember that when traveling through Yosemite, we are all just visitors in the home of countless animals and it is up to us to follow the rules that protect them,” reads the publish. “Go the speed limit, drive alertly, and look out for wildlife. Protecting Yosemite’s black bears is something we can all do.”
Now, as pandemic restrictions have been lifted and vaccines are available, extra visitors have been touring to the park in California.
CNN’s Marnie Hunter contributed to this report.