On average, the Yosemite National Park attracts around 4 million visitors each year; roughly 11000 per day. Now with the coronavirus-enforced lockdown underway, emboldened animals are roaming freely.
Located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the world-famous Yosemite is the jewel in the crown amongst the United States’ numerous magnificent national parks.
It’s known for its biological diversity and breathtaking scenery: granite cliffs, mountains, meadows, lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and crystal clear streams.
There are also 1300 km of hiking trails and 560 km of roads. And normally at this time of year – the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere – the park would be packed with tourists.
However, Yosemite became one of the first national parks to close it’s gates during the pandemic and has been shut since March 20.
Animals captured on camera as serenity returns
From the resulting peace and quiet, some remarkable webcam footage has emerged of animals roaming peacefully around the park.
“While so much has changed for humans in recent weeks, it’s reassuring to see that nature carries on as it always has,” read a statement by the Yosemite Park.
“Spring seems to be slowly creeping into the valley, the sun finally emerging after a week or two of rain and snow.
“Waterfalls are gradually picking up momentum, and wildlife is becoming more active, perhaps enjoying having the park mostly to themselves.”
While waterfalls cascade down from snowy peaks, Coyotes calmly explore and bears roam freely. Even usually shy and elusive bobcats are popping up.
Deer are seeing grazing next to the road – which would usually be packed with tourists.
While so much has changed for humans in recent weeks, it's reassuring to see that nature carries on as it always has. Relax with us for a moment as we share a peek into Yosemite Valley during the current park closure. pic.twitter.com/WiQDLbCogV
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) April 2, 2020
Established in 1890, Yosemite Park encompassed 3028.81 square kilometers.
El Capitan, a towering granite cliff which watches over Yosemite Valley, is one of the world’s most popular climbing locations.
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! Check out this bear that we spotted yesterday around lunchtime, mowing the grass just across from Yosemite Village! pic.twitter.com/Gcgn184lyY
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) April 10, 2020
Pic credits: YosemiteNPS