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The Sierra Nevada red fox has recently been spotted in Yosemite National Park for the first time in roughly 100 years.
The rare fox was last seen in the Sierras a couple decades ago, but Yosemite Nat’l Park officials have confirmed that the fox is in the park after doing a thorough check of motion-sensitive cameras placed in the northern section of Yosemite.
The Sierra Nevada red fox, which is found in California, is one of the rarest mammals in North America. It is said that there are likely only 50 individuals living in the wild.
The Yosemite carnivore crew is now placing hair snare stations at cameras in hopes of collecting hair samples for genetic analysis.
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