Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 16, 2022

Bears and Warranties

from the National Park Service

Hello there! We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty…⁣⁣
That warranty may have expired. We’ve been saying it for years (decades) that national parks provide a unique and memorable driving experience. But remember, “Driving safely in our National Parks” means more than just driving the speed limit; it means obeying traffic regulations, wearing seatbelts, and paying attention to the road. ⁣⁣
Is that bear trying to flag us down? Even in winter, many animals are good at hiding along roadsides, and they can decide to cross at any time. It’s important to be aware that animals are always around, even when you do not see them. ⁣Also, do not feed animals from your car. Feeding from your car encourages animals to hang out on the sides of roads, which increases the chances for car collisions with animals.⁣⁣
We’ve learned a lot over the years. Be careful out there. Slow down, watch the road, give wildlife the right of way, and don’t sign any warranties from a bear. ⁣⁣
Image: A bear investigates a 1920s era vehicle on a park road, ca. 1929. NPS ⁣⁣Yosemite National Park, California. NPS

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