Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nature bounces back in Yosemite

An extremely rare and "extremely cute" Sierra Nevada red fox, which has nearly gone extinct with only 50 left in the U.S., has been spotted in the park (Yosemite National Park).

Red fox sighted in Yosemite
Yosemite National Park confirms first sighting. The elusive Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted at Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly 100 years.

“They are extremely cute little animals,” said Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb. “When you see them, they are pretty majestic.”
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Motion-sensitive cameras captured the red fox -- one of 14 mammals protected by California -- on Dec. 13 and Jan. 4. Park officials are still trying to determine whether the cameras caught the same fox or a second one. “The chance of running into them is very unusual,” Cobb added.
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California’s Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America, Cobb said: Fewer than 50 of the bushy-tailed mammals exist in North America.
The last time a red fox was seen at Yosemite was in 1915, she said.
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The shy creatures avoid human interactions. They burrow in soil and logs at 6,000 feet elevation, according to the park’s website. Little is known about the creature because sightings are so rare. Photographs of the Sierra Nevada red fox were taken in 1990 during a wolverine study at the Lassen National Forest.
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