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Crazy question but here goes...Where will I most likely find these animals? I'd love to see them. Comming from Ireland we don't have them, closest thing we have might be an otter. Am touring south to mid north of the wesatern coast then yoesimide and tahoe.


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1. Re: Animals

We love to look for animals. In fact, we take vacations just to look for reptiles.

Remember ~ if you're close enough to change the animal's behavior, you're too close. Let wildlife be wild.

Many animals are crepuscular ~ active at dawn & dusk. Be quiet and look carefully.


Bears ~ trying to keep them away from people. They may be visiting the public areas of the Valley in the early evening. Listen for someone to be yelling "Bear! Go away bear."

Mule deer ~ everywhere. Their ears are huge.

Coyotes ~ in meadows.

Skunks ~ haven't seen one in the Park since the late 60's, but I know they're still around.


Western Gray Squirrels ~ huge tails.

Golden Mantled Ground Squirrels ~ they have stripes on their sides but not near their eyes. Often mistaken for chipmunks but they are larger.

California Ground Squirrels ~ Near Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome. Common.

Chickarees AKA Douglas Squirrels ~ Mariposa Grove. Click the "barking" link: www.birdsamore.com/critters/squirrels.htm After you hear one, look up in the trees to find them.

Chipmunks ~ so many varieties that we can't tell apart. Mariposa Grove, other places.

Southern Sierra Marmots ~ big lazy dudes. Tuolumne Meadows (we've seen lots on the north side of the highway on the trail to Glen Aulin.

Belding Ground Squirrels ~ Tuolumne Meadows.


Stellar Jays ~ loud & blue. They're all over the west. We have seen some interesting variations in Arizona.


Snakes ~ other than a garter snake, you are unlikely to see any. There are rattlesnakes in the hot open areas and Kingsnakes in the underbrush, but they're rare.


Lizards ~ you're likely to see fence lizards, but in August they'll be warmed up early in the day and moving fast. Look on granite rocks in the sun or on trees & fences.




If you are a fan of zoos, there are some that specialize in local animals. (They keep injured animals who can no longer live in the wild.)

Happy Planning!

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2. Re: Animals

And a heads up, Yosemite is not known for being a big wildlife park. As mentioned above, we definitely have plenty of wildlife. But it's not always that visible (though sometimes it is). You're more likely to have big wildlife sightings in Yellowstone.

Hang out in the meadows for a bit, and sometimes the trail between the Ahwahnee/Mirror Lake. Olmsted Point can be good for marmots.

Now if you're into birds, Happy Isles Fen area is great.

Most recently in the Valley there have been plenty of bear sightings as well as bobcat sightings, everywhere from Lower Yosemite Fall trail to the Ahwahnee and in between.

Have a good visit.

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