Wildlife Is Reclaiming Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge

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What happens when social-distancing humans stay away from our national parks? Well, the bear population at Yosemite has quadrupled - if that gives you a clue.

"There can be literally walls of cars, stop-and-go traffic or people in the park," Ranger Katie said. "So, for the bears, they normally have pick through these little corridors that they have to move through in the valley to get from Point A to Point B. ... Now, that there are no people the bears are literally just walking down the road to get to where they need to go, which is kind of cool to see."

Since the coronavirus pandemic has taken off, Yosemite National Park has been closed to visitors, which opened it back up for wildlife to roam around.

Another Yosemite worker posted a video to Instagram showing the bears roaming an area that would normally be bombarded with visitors.

Other wildlife that normally hang in the shadows, like coyotes and bobcats, have also been enjoying the park.

So there is some positive in our shelter-at-home order. Look at the bright side, at least the animals are finally free to roam around their land.

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