A park warden at Yosemite National Park recently posted a warning on Facebook after they stumbled upon a sad scene of a mother bear standing next to her deceased cub.
Ranger warned about speeding while driving through California state park , as the consequences can often be heartbreaking.
Sad Mom Bear (Yosemite National Park)
One of the park rangers included a photo of the scene as well as his experience in response to a report of a bear hit by a car. According to the post, this is not an uncommon call and the ranger wrote that he used to manage.
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Normally a ranger will arrive on the scene, keep the body away from the road to prevent scavengers from being affected as well , then take samples.
This time, however, the ranger wrote that the bear that was hit and killed was a cub. While the call arrived around 4:00 p.m., the bear was probably hit around noon. By the time the ranger found him, he was long dead, according to the post.
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The ranger said he suddenly spotted another bear in the area. After hitting a stick against a tree to scare it off, the ranger said the bear came back. Then he let out a soft growl. According to the guardranger is the sound a mother bear makes when she calls her cubs.
The ranger wrote: "My heart is sinking. It has been almost six hours and she still hasn't given up on her little one. I can just imagine how many times she's rushed down this road in an attempt to wake him up. It's extremely lucky that she hasn't been also touched. The calls to the little one continue, sounding more painful each time. I glance back, hoping he would answer his call too, but of course nothing. Now here I am, standing between a grieving mother and her child. I feel like a monster. "
A distant camera captured a photo of the mother bear standing over the cub.
He concluded the post, "Remember that when you travel through Yosemite, we are not allas visitors to the house of countless animals and it is up to us to follow the rules that protect them. Obey the speed limit, drive carefully, and watch out for wildlife. Protecting Yosemite's black bears is something we can all do.