JACKSON, Wyo. \u2013 With more bears around than ever before, Yellowstone officials are pleased that recorded conflicts in 2018 were down somewhat from previous years. Still, the park is not resting on it\u2019s laurels.\r\n\r\nAccording to the park\u2019s annual bear report released recently, the number of conflicts involving humans and bears was low in 2018. This, despite the challenges of managing visitors eager to photograph wildlife in Yellowstone National Park.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere were few bear-human conflicts inside of the park in 2018,\u201d said Yellowstone biologist Kerry Gunther. \u201cHowever, managing visitors that stopped to view and photograph bears foraging in roadside meadows and thus creating large bear jams was a considerable management challenge.\u201d\r\n\r\nThere were 1,627 grizzly and black bear sightings in the park in 2018.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYellowstone personnel continue to work on installing bear-proof food storage boxes in all 1,907 roadside campground sites. These boxes improve visitor safety and promote the conservation of black and grizzly bears by reducing the need to kill bears in management actions.\r\n\r\nTo date, employees like Kerry Gunther and Yellowstone Youth Conservation Corps members have installed 943 boxes throughout the park. This project is funded in part by the park\u2019s official nonprofit partner\u00a0Yellowstone Forever.\r\n\r\n\u201cA fed bear is a dead bear. Bear-proof food storage boxes reduce the potential for attacks and property damage, enhance the visitor experience by making food storage regulations easy to comply with, and protect the bears that people come to the park to see,\u201d Gunther said.