Thursday, July 18, 2013


In memory of an amazing fallen animal. Yellow 48. She was a resident of Glacier Point and the surrounding area for about 17 years. I had some experiences with this bear that I will never forget. She will be missed.

She had a diseased mouth and became too agressive and got too close to people. She also taught her cubs to do the same. That won't work.

Here is one of my experiences with Y48:

This is a picture tribute to Yellow 48. If you have pictures of Yellow 47 or Yellow 48, you may submit them to me and I will post them here on this tribute. Email Me

Photos by Eric Zbinden 2007

Yellow 47 in 2009. Photo by David Rose.
Yellow 47 and her two cubs in 2010. Photo by David Rose.
Many thanks to Jos Stratford from London for these three pictures. These pictures are the last or one of the last pictures taken of Y48. She was euthanized just days following the day these pictures were taken. Y48's interaction with this car partly contributed to her demise. Was it really her fault? The owner of this car left a cooler with food in it in easy sight on the back seat with the rear window open about 3 inches. Jos is a bird photographer who was traveling the world when he encountered Y48. He chased the bear away to keep her from accessing this food. Thanks Jos. Nice job. Pictures taken July 2013
Isn't that a beautiful bear?

So close, yet so far away.

Here is Jos response to learning of Y48 euthanization: 

"Well, thanks for me know. From Yosemite, I travelled all the way to Alaska and ultimately to Deadhorse on the Arctic coast. Saw quite a number of Brown and Black Bears on route, but Lady 48 was the most memorable encounter. Indeed, RIP

Cheers Jos"
Hi Dave,

We saw your blog and were very saddened to hear of Y48's passing.  We were privileged to see her while on Glacier Point road on July 1 of this year.  It was one of the highlights of a wonderful trip to Yosemite.  It was our first time to visit the park but hopefully not the last.  Attached are a few of the pictures we took of her. We've spoken of her often while remembering our trip. Hopefully her cubs are doing OK.

Eric & Mindy
Rogers, AR

How Well Do You Know Yosemite 2?

Created by Ranger David Rose

1. campground
2. Tuolumne lakes
3. common post glaciation results
4. valley south rim point
5. vista point looking south
6. type of bird
7. symbiotic relationship
8. gap in the mountains
9. mountain named after a foremost geology Yale professor
10. crunchy forest floor
11. makes a line on the solid blue sky
12. a grey grouse
13. chance of seeing a mountain lion
14. young bear
15. common Native American game
16. presidential visitor in 1903
17. common Yosemite wild flower
18. there are 54 species of this wild flower
19. this great country

1. skin of a tree
2. high altitude plain
3. ski pass
4. get wet under this fall in Hetch Hetchy
5. butterscotch like
6. given name of first white man custodian of Yosemite
7. beautiful evening color
8. a tree in the Mariposa Grove
9. common insect
10. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
11. common Miwok foods
12. foot traveler
13. moon phase
14. long standing controversy
15. silent night flyer
16. never stand under this in a lightning storm
17. glaciers melt into this river

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Silly Questions

One of my favorite ranger duties is the nightly ranger sunset talk out at Glacier Point. No. I think the campfire bear talks are my favorite. No. Well. Maybe the nature hikes are my favorite. Oh well. I guess I like it all.

My Ranger Duties

I enjoy my ranger job.

I love New York. I met these young people following one of my talks. They were fun. They are traveling cross country sampling many of the national parks. Check out their blog here:
I love Scandinavia and Denmark. The girl to my right came up to me and said "Howdy!". I guess she thought I was a Texas ranger or something.

Illustrating during a beat talk titled "Bear Essentials" in our campground amphetheater.

Everyone was able to feel the fur of a bear.

Teaching an astronomy class on Sentinel Dome at 8200 feet to a group of about 100 people during sunset just before the giant super moon rose. What a magical evening that was.

Wildlife outside my cabin window.

Teaching the proper use of trekking poles at Glacier Point.

I love Sweden!

I love LA!

A rare summer storm. We had sleet in July. Cool!

I love Japan!

Leading a nature hike down the Four-Mile Trail and discussing geology to a group of about 16.

Glacier Point is on the right with Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Mount Watkins, Echo Peaks and Tenaya Peak. Geology is an interesting subject to visitors. I enjoy teaching it too.

Yellow 48 getting into trouble.

Bear Update

In May I posted a picture of our resident bear Yellow 48 and her yearling cubs that I saw as I was driving into Glacier Point for the first time. Here is that picture again with an update picture report of the growth of these yearlings. Rather incredible. Special thanks to Jeff Crawford for the use of his pictures.

Yearlings are on the stump in May 2013

Yearling in July 2013

My friend William Phelps encouraging the bear to go somewhere else to do bear stuff.

Making an exit