YOSEMITE, Calif. — Like a land before time, the wildlife that inhabits the Yosemite National Park have been thriving as the park remains closed to tourists following the COVID-19 pandemic. Bears, bobcats, coyotes and many other animals have been free to roam since the park shut down on March 20.
Outside of the animals, only park service employees and a number of concessionaire workers can be seen throughout the park, creating a serene valley for those who have been able to witness it following the shutdown.
A Los Angeles Times article describes the atmosphere like this:
"Tourists aren’t allowed in California’s most popular national park, but if they could visit, they might feel as if they had been transported to another time. Either to a previous era, before millions of people started motoring into the valley every year, or to a possible future one, where the artifacts of civilization remain, with fewer humans in the mix."
The Yosemite National Park Service posted a video a free roaming bear on their Instagram.
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It could be said that spring, summer, and fall are just one big meal to a black bear. If that's the case, then grass is a bear's favorite springtime appetizer! Bears have been active in Yosemite Valley lately, and they've all been busy grazing on fresh spring grass. Check out this bear that we spotted yesterday around lunchtime, mowing the grass just across from Yosemite Village! #Yosemite #NationalPark