Yosemite National Park, CA — The 9th Annual Apple Picking Event and Bear Awareness Day will be held at the Curry Village Orchard Parking Lot in Yosemite Valley on Wednesday from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Park visitors are invited to pick apples from the historic apple orchard at Curry Village. Each fall, the apples attract bears into the developed areas of Yosemite Valley and alter their natural diets.
By removing the apples, the bears will return to natural food sources found throughout the park. Bear Awareness/Apple Picking in the Curry Village Orchard Parking Lot will occur as part of a continuing public awareness campaign designed to inform visitors of the key role they play in protecting Yosemite´s bears.
Since 1998, the bear management program has significantly reduced incidents in the park through these efforts. Yosemite National Park rangers and biologists will be on hand to educate park visitors about the behavior, biology, and management of Yosemite´s black bears.
Written by Sabrina Sabbagh