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.


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.

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

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!


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.