Saturday 28 February 2015

Sierra Nevada Red Fox seen in Yosemite National Park

One of the rarest animals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox, has been captured by a camera trap in California's Yosemite National Park for the first time in nearly a century. One image was captured in December and another was taken in January. It is not known if it was the same animal or not.

There are only about 50 of these  is incredibly rare red foxes (Vulpes vulpes necator) in North America. Red fox populations were devastated by hunting and trapping for their fur during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The fox, which historically ranged throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains, is now limited to two small populations in California: one around Lassen Volcanic National Park and another around Sonora Pass.

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