Banana Slugs and Bears

posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:46 PM by Paul Wagner
As ex-UCSC students, we were charmed and proud of this recent story about bears in Yosemite National Park, done by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  GO SLUGS!
Yes, bears have been eating people food for more than 100 years.  But perhaps more important is the impact of the regulations that began in 1999, which restricted food storage in the park, including the installation of bear boxes in campgrounds and at trailheads, and the required use of bear canisters in the backcountry.
Turns out those things work, and bears are eating less human food.  That's a good thing, for us and for the bears.