Why is this important?
Most bear public documents are posted to promote safety, because studies have been done, and state that from 1980-2014 almost 100 million people have visited the park, and only 45 have been injured by bears (National Park Service).
- This is a sticker that was made by the Yellowstone Association for the general public. It is their job to promote safety as well as information about bear encounters. The sticker clearly states to never hike alone, and to make noise while hiking to ensure one never startles a bear. The limitation that renders this propaganda’s effectiveness is the fact one must purchase it as well as it is small and hard to read especially when stuck on the bumper of a vehicle. This sticker was found in the visitor center in Mammoth Springs, WY.
- These two handouts are addressing bear safety and made specifically for tourists who are on the go, but need a crash course on what to do when encountering a bear. These forms of documents are easy to read and easy to carry. This is important because one can encounter a bear anywhere and should be ready for it. These handouts do not list the “what if” scenario and should offer more specific pointers for bear safety. However, these handouts are beneficial because they can help an individual distinguish between a Grizzly Bear and a Black Bear. A distinguishing factor between them is Grizzly bears have a large hump on their upper back which is used to help dig for roots and bugs of all sorts, where as a black bear has no hump on it upper back.
- This document is a front and back flyer intended to inform tourists at the Grand Teton Visitor Center made by The National Park Service. It expresses safety information, as well as ways campers should store their food to prevent an unwanted guest. This flyer is intended to improve safety and awareness while being in the park or “bear country”. This form of propaganda is not as direct as the others are which makes it harder for individuals to pull the key pointers of how to survive a bear encounter when they need it most.
- This permanent post was made for campers to know what smells will attract a bear and prompt an encounter. It was made by J. L. Darling Corp and is made mostly to ensure the safety of campers that will be in the area. This public document was laminated to ensure its message stays clear as the years pass. The location of this public document is somewhere between Mammoth Springs and West Yellowstone, however there is more than just one posted across the park. The only limitation to this public document is that it is all one color, and will look unimportant when looking at a bulletin board causing the information to be overlooked.
- This public document was made by J. L. Darling Corp. and is targeted towards hikers and adventurers who are looking to explore. The main reason for this posting is to promote safety and ensure a good time. This was taken at the entrance to the Bunsen Peak hiking trail, and states that bears are frequent in this area, but a kindhearted individual wrote a message stating that there was a momma bear and cub sighting a couple days before our group ventured up the trail (May 5th, and we ventured up the trial on May 19th). This posting has limitations because it is easy to be removed due to a large gust of wind, or a bear scratching its back. Stay vigilant EVERYWHERE in Yellowstone.