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Wolves, deer and bobcats are freely roaming Yosemite while the park is closed

Written by
Sarah Medina

Social distancing isn't just saving human lives it's also giving some animals time to roam free without worrying about human interaction or interference—like the normally elusive wild animals that live within Yosemite National Park. 

The park, which usually hosts 4.5 million visitors a year, is normally packed during springtime. But this year, the animals are being left to their own devices and some of the more solitary creatures are making appearances on normally crowded boardwalks and have been sighted roaming abandoned bike racks. Take for example, the usually difficult-to-find bobcat. 

"Secretive and solitary bobcats are not often seen, but they have become more conspicuous since the park closure,” the park wrote on Facebook.

Given its naturally solitary character, the park also took the opportunity to share some social distancing advice from the cat's perspective including gems like "It's okay to nap all day" and "Don't let anyone pet you." Advice we've immediately taken to heart.

As the park reaches the end of its third week of closure, it also took to Facebook to revel in the stillness of a springtime in Yosemite without any human visitors. 


"While so much has changed for humans in recent weeks, it's reassuring to see that nature carries on as it always has," the park wrote on Facebook. 

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