Bear cub killed by car with grieving mother beside it at Yosemite

A mother bear stands beside her cubs (left) hours after she was hit by a car in Yosemite National Park (Image: Facebook/CNN)

A black bear killed by a car in Yosemite National Park has its grieving mother beside it for hours. A ranger took a photo of the dire scene and shared it with a call for visitors to slow down and prevent future bear deaths.

The ranger’s photo and lengthy story of what he saw were shared on the national park’s website and Facebook page on Friday.

‘We get a lot of these calls. Honestly, too much,’ the ranger wrote in Parcel. “Bear was hit by a car, died on the side of the road.” Sadly, it has become the norm. ‘

The ranger said he saw a small, light brown body walking a distance from him in the street and picked it up. The cubs weigh only about 25 pounds and cannot be more than six months old.

After moving the cubs into a grassy area to avoid other animals scavenging on it and possibly getting hit by passing vehicles, the ranger said he saw an adult bear staring into yourself. The ranger scares the bear away and continues the job of assessing the cubs for reporting, when the job calls for it.

The ranger soon realizes that the bear in charge is the mother of the cubs.

‘This bear is the mother, and it never leaves its cubs. My heart sinks,’ the ranger wrote. ‘It’s been almost six hours and she still hasn’t given up on her cubs. I can imagine how many times she darted back and forth on that path trying to wake it up. Luckily she wasn’t hit either. ‘

The ranger said the mother’s calls to her cubs continued ‘it got worse and worse’, and it was time to pack up and go despite the unfinished business.

But the ranger set up a remote camera to take pictures before leaving.

‘Why? Every year we report the number of bears hit by vehicles, but the numbers don’t always paint a picture,’ the ranger wrote. ‘I want people to see what I’ve seen: the sad reality behind each of these numbers.’

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