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yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Monday, December 3rd, 2018

yosemite Daily Report - Yosemite National Park

Monday, December 3rd, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Sunny. Not as cold. Highs 39 to 45 at 5000 feet...30 to 36 at 8000 feet.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers. Near the crest, a 50 percent chance of snow showers. Lows 26 to 35 at 5000 feet...17 to 23 at 8000 feet.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Breezy. Snow level 6000 feet. Highs 41 to 47 at 5000 feet...30 to 36 at 8000 feet. South winds 25 to 30 mph over higher elevations.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley | Wawona | Tuolumne Meadows | Glacier Point | Big Oak Flat | Hetch Hetchy | El Portal | Mariposa | Badger Pass






El Portal Gas Station Temporary Closure

The El Portal Gas Station will have be shutdown from 7am-8am and again from 230pm-330pm on Wednesday December 5 to install a new generator. Fuel will not be available at these times. (J. Keyes)


Yosemite's Volunteer Program Accepting Requests For Volunteer Groups!

Have you started planning for Spring and Summer of 2019? As you plan for next year, please consider volunteer groups for any meaningful projects and/or engaging experiences you may need an extra hand on. In 2018 alone, Yosemite’s Volunteer Program received over 180 volunteer group requests from park visitors! Requests for 2019 are already trickling in. If you are interested in working with a volunteer group in 2019, please feel out THIS short electronic form. Due by December 21st! ( (S. Hernandez)



Yosemite Bear Facts - November 18-27th, 2018

2018 Total Bear Incidents: 22

2018 Total Property Damage: $1,935


Compared to this same week 2017 (the lowest year on record), bear incidents in 2018 are down by 41% and damage amounts (in dollars) are down by 65%.

Compared to 1998 (when incidents in the park peaked), bear incidents and damages in 2018 are down by 99%.


Bear Activity Summary: Bears are still very active in Yosemite Valley. In about a week, there have been three reported cases of a bear obtaining garbage: from a campsite, a picnic area, and a concession facility. Bears also obtained food from food locker in a campsite, and damaged a grill in a residential area.


In fall months, bears need to eat up to 20,000 calories every day to gain weight for hibernation. Because of this, bears tend to be more bold about obtaining calories, and increasingly come into conflict with people. It is safe to assume that each day a bear will wander past your campsite, house, or your parked car. It’s each of our responsibility to keep these bears safe and wild by storing all food, trash, and scented items at all times.


Red Bear, Dead Bear: So far this year, 16 bears have been hit by vehicles along park roads. PLEASE help protect wildlife by obeying speed limits and being prepared to stop for animals on roads.


Fascinating Bear Fact: During hibernation, bears do not eat, drink, urinate or defecate. They are able to recycle the calcium usually lost through excretions back into their bones.


Please report bear incidents and sightings: Call the Save-A-Bear Hotline at 209-372-0322 or e-mail


For more information about Yosemite’s Bears, please visit: (C. Lee-Roney)







Mach 8 Biological will be weed wacking and hydroseeding in Yosemite Valley beginning on Saturday November 31 and continuing until Dec 15.

Impacts to traffic will be minimized to the extent feasible, but traffic control and one-way traffic will be in effect and cause minor delays. All activities are subject to weather delays. Thank you for accommodating this re-vegetation work. (T. Kuhn)