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While Yosemite National Park remains closed to visitors, wildlife continues to thrive

Yosemite National Park wildlife thrives while closed due to COVID-19
Posted at 1:30 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 16:36:46-04

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.