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Incredibly rare, the Sierra Nevada red fox is one of two foxes native to Yosemite. Little is known about the habits of the Sierra Nevada red fox, but it is assumed its hunting and denning patterns mimic that of its lower elevation counterparts. Park biologists placed remote sensing cameras near Tioga Pass, which was the last documented sighting of these elusive creatures since the 1990's. In the winter of 2015, a Sierra Nevada red fox was caught on camera, proving that this species still remains in the high country of Yosemite. Yosemite is a sanctuary for many animals. Gathering more information on the behaviors of rare carnivores such as the Sierra Nevada red fox, will inform how best to protect these unique animals.
Yosemite Conservancy is helping fund remote camera technology projects used to capture rare footage of the Sierra Nevada red fox, among others. To learn more about the wildlife management projects Yosemite Conservancy is funding, visit: Imperiled Carnivores: Surveying Fishers and Red Foxes — Yosemite Conservancy