Rare Fox Spotted in Yosemite National Park


Smaller and with slightly darker fur than others in its genus, the Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. It's estimated that there are less than 50 left in the wild—which is why it's awesome that one was recently caught on camera strolling through Yosemite National Park.

A motion sensitive camera snapped pictures of the red furry creature twice—once on December 13th and again on January 4th. It's the first fox of its kind to enter the park in 100 years.

"We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox, one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada," said Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher in a news release.

Park employees plan to keep an eye out for the elusive canine and try to collect hair samples from hair snares near each camera.