A national park ranger is warning visitors to Yosemite to slow down and save the wildlife.
Last week, a bear cub was hit and killed by a motorist he said was speeding through the park, CNN reported.
The cub’s mother, however, continued to call for her baby, which was estimated at no more than 6 months old.
The ranger had been called to retrieve the remains and move them from the side of the road, they said on the park’s blog.
“From behind me there’s a deep toned but soft sounding grunt. I immediately know what it is. It’s a vocalization, the kind sows (female bears) make to call to their cubs. I turn and look in its direction and there she is, the same bear from before intently staring back at me. It’s no coincidence. I can feel the callousness drain my body. This bear is the mom, and she never left her cub,” the ranger wrote on Facebook.
The large bear called for her baby for six hours, the ranger wrote.
“The calls to the cub continue, sounding more pained each time. I glance back finding myself hoping it would respond to her call too, but of course, nothing. Now here I am, standing between a grieving mother and her child. I feel like a monster,” the ranger added.
The park ranger said they installed a camera to monitor the area.
“Why?” the ranger asked, referring to the camera. “Every year we report the number of bears that get hit by vehicles, but numbers don’t always paint a picture. I want people to see what I saw: the sad reality behind each of these numbers.”
So far this year, eight bears were killed by motorists, CNN reported.
Since 1995 to 2020, animal activists said there had been more than 400 collisions with bears in the park, USA Today reported.
There have been more than 1.1 million visitors to the park as of May, according to CNN.
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