Closed to Tourists, Yosemite National Park Is Reclaimed by Native Wildlife

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

California’s Yosemite National Park joined the list of parks that have closed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic on March 20, and as the Los Angeles Times reports, animals are now using the lockdown as an opportunity to reclaim the space. In April of last year, 308,000 guests entered the park. Today, there are zero visitors, and its human occupants consist of fewer than 200 park service employees, an unknown number of concessionaire workers, and the full-time residents living within its boundaries. With fewer tourists clogging the trails, the local wildlife now has free rein of Yosemite Valley. Bears, bobcats, and coyotes have been spotted near paths and buildings normally bustling with human activity.