The fox was caught on motion sensor cameras in a far northern part of the park on two separate dates, Dec. 13, 2014, and Jan. 4, 2015. The Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America, there are likely fewer than 50 remaining in the wild.
“Confirmation of the Sierra Nevada red fox in Yosemite National Park’s vast alpine wilderness provides an opportunity to join research partners in helping to protect this imperiled animal,” said Sarah Stock, wildlife biologist at Yosemite National Park. “We’re excited to work across our boundary to join efforts with other researchers that will ultimately give these foxes the best chances for recovery.”
Biologists will continue to survey the park for additional foxes, which will help with a larger study funded by the Yosemite Conservancy to determine the prevalence of rare carnivores in Yosemite National Park.
Source: National Park Service