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And though visitors may want to take a snapshot (not a selfie!) of a bear, it's best they aren't as visible. More on that later.
The park is holding an apple-picking day July 30 for visitors and volunteers who come to two historic orchards, one in the Curry Village parking area and a second near the horse stables. Both are in the tourist-centric Yosemite Valley.
The trees likely were planted by James Lamon, who arrived in 1859 and is thought to be the first settler in the valley. He built a cabin and planted the fruit trees near the present-day stable.
It's the 16th year the park has hosted an apple-picking event that officials say is as much about bears as it is about fruit.
In the 1990s, when bears were regularly breaking into cars to get coolers and other tasty treats, the park started a program to educate visitors on how to keep food safe from the animals' eyes and sensitive noses.
Since then, bear-people encounters have dropped 90% and property damage has decreased 87%. It's all about keeping human and introduced food -- and the apples are part of that -- away from the bears.