- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

The number of destructive black bear encounters at Yosemite National Park increased this year, after a 92 percent decline since 1998 when park officials launched an aggressive effort to teach the public to store food properly. From Jan. 1 to Oct. 19, 2014, the number was up 35 percent to 154 compared to 114 in the same period last year. Officials blame a variety of factors, including drought, the unpredictability of bears and people making food available.

Year Incidents Annual change Cost of Damage
1998 1,584 - $659,569
1999 768 -52% $224,341
2000 654 -15% $126,192
2001 230 -65% $32,303
2002 559 143% $82,263
2003 416 -26% $51,359
2004 721 73% $121,934
2005 445 -38% $93,526
2006 400 -10% $86,940
2007 500 25% $87,826
2008 453 -9% $78,377
2009 527 16% $86,354
2010 512 -3% $112,731
2011 114 -78% $17,231
2012 155 36% $40,656
2013 120 -23% $7,508

Source: Yosemite National Park

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