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article imageVideo: Wrestling bear cubs stop traffic at Yosemite National Park

By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 27, 2011 in Environment
Yosemite National Park - A video of a pair of adorable bear cubs who delighted visitors at Yosemite National Park, where they were filmed wrestling in the middle of the road, has gone viral receiving hundreds of thousands of views in just a few days.
According to the the video description the mother bear and her cubs were filmed by park visitors who were returning from a day hike at Hetch Hetchy, a popular destination for hikers in the California national forest.
The amusing video was posted on YouTube in July then went unnoticed until national news media reported on the cubs antics. The bear cubs stopped traffic in the national park while they played, fought, rolled around and wrestled with each other.
The video has received over a half-million hits in the past two days.
A woman's voice on the YouTube video can be heard saying, "That is so cute," as the camera pans the surrounding area where the bear's mother is waiting a short distance away. Three people can be heard discussing whether or not the bear cubs are the same ones they had seen earlier that day. A man's voice said, "They're like puppy-size. I want one." Another onlooker replies, "one of them is so small," then jokingly says, "Oh please come to my car."
After a few minutes of slightly rough play, the pair of cubs join their mother and make their way into the woods, stopping for a moment to briefly climb a tree.
Not all bear interactions have such a happy ending. In July a grizzly bear in Yosemite National Park mauled and killed a hiker. She was presumably defending her cubs when the hikers stumbled upon her. It was reported by Digital Journal that this was the first fatality from a bear attack recorded in the national park since 1986.
The National Park Service reports there have been twelve bears hit by vehicles in Yosemite this year. There has also been almost 200 reports filed of property damage caused by bears at the national park who were searching for food.
Park rangers warn visitors not to approach a bear or let one approach you. They urge people to keep at least 50 yards between themselves and any bears or bear cubs. Rangers say to stand together if you are with a group and make as much noise as possible to scare the bears away, if you encounter one in the wild. Bears that lose their fear of humans can become overly aggressive and sometime have to be killed.
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