Thursday, 5 February 2015

Extremely Rare Fox Seen in Yosemite—First Time in 100 Years

Stefan Sirucek


PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 4, 2015

One of the rarest animals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, has been caught on camera in California's Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century.

Motion-sensitive cameras stationed in the northern part of the park captured two images—possibly of the same animal—one in December and one in January.

The little-seen fox was sighted north of the park in 2010, but no one's seen it inside the park's boundaries since 1916. To say researchers are excited would be an understatement. (Related: "'Lost' Fox Subspecies Found via Saliva Analysis.")

"Knowing that the animal is in the park is huge for us," said park wildlife biologist Sarah Stock. "Up until this point we had observations, but none of them were substantiated."

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