You don't have to stray far from paved roads to spot a black bear sow and her cubs foraging in a grassy meadow, or a red fox racing across new-fallen snow.

Black bear illustration by Elizabeth Traynor

4 Wild Animals for Your Yosemite Watch List

You’ll see more than incredible views. Fascinating animals make their homes in the park. Keep an eye out on the trails and soaring in the skies.

Bearproof food storage lockers in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Bearproof Your Food and Smelly Things

Sharing a habitat with Yosemite’s bruins means taking care to keep these wild animals wild. Follow these precautions while in bear country.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep from the Mt. Langley Herd Unit

Bighorn Sheep in Yosemite Sierra Nevada Range

You would be very lucky indeed to see wild bighorn sheep up close. But even catching a glimpse of these majestic mammals from afar can be a thrill.


Bird Songs of Yosemite National Park

There are 255 species to be found in Yosemite thanks to a wide range of climates and elevations ranging from the Sierra Nevada foothills to alpine highlands.

Red Legged Frog

Bringing Back the Frogs of Yosemite

In John Muir's day, thousands of frogs jumped about the rivers and alpine lakes of the park. Read about the reintroduction and habitat restoration efforts.


Marmots and Squirrels in Yosemite

The most common wildlife you'll encounter during your Yosemite trip are members of the rodent family, which includes squirrels, chipmunks, gophers, and mice.

Mountain Lion in Snow

Mountain Lions in California's Sierra Mountains

Also known as cougars, puma or panthers, these hunter mammals have all-over tawny-colored bodies with black-tipped ears and tails.

Deer in a meadow in Yosemite

Mule Deer in Yosemite region

Mule deer are the most easily spotted mammal in Yosemite National Park. They are easily recognized by the shape of their ears, which actually do resemble mules' ears


No bear spray allowed in Yosemite National Park

If you have a trip planned to Yosemite National Park this summer, go ahead and leave the bear spray at home. It’s not allowed within park boundaries.

Stellars Jay in Yosemite. Photo by Lisa Thomas

Popular Birds in the Yosemite Region

Birds you might see in the park include Blue Grouse, Gray Owls, Western Tanager, Peregrine Falcons, and Eagles

Black Bear in wooded area

Thwarting Junk-Food-Addicted Yosemite Bears using GPS

Yosemite’s 15 bear rangers and volunteers try to keep human food unavailable to bears. They track bear movements to be ready for confrontations.

American Black Bear

Watch for Black Bears in Yosemite

The largest mammal in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a full-grown adult male black bear typically weighs between 300 and 350 pounds, although the largest ever caught inside the park weighed a whopping 690 pounds!

A black bear eating grass.

What to Do if You See a Bear in Yosemite

Scare the bear away by shouting or banging pots and pans. Bears that learn to avoid people are less likely to become problem bears. Never approach it.


Yosemite's Bears Love Human Food

Beware with your food stuffs in Yosemite National Park - the black bears have a hearty appetite. Here are our tips for proper food storage while camping and exploring.