(Yosemite National Park Research Library)

When Yosemite welcomed bear feeding

For decades, the National Park Service used to welcome visitors to feed the bears in Yosemite, even establishing “bear shows” at trash pits. Inevitably, the powerful animals became aggressive. People were mauled, and a number of bears had to be killed. By the 1940s, park officials had learned their lesson. The bear shows were eliminated, signs were posted warning visitors against feeding, and dozens of bears were moved to the fringes of the park to resume their natural ways. NPS.gov | Washington Post

A few photos from the archives. 👇

(Museum of Ventura County)
(William M. McCarthy/California State Archives)
(Arthur Clarence Pillsbury)
(William M. McCarthy/California State Archives)

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