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    Yosemite

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Wildlife and Other Sightings: Bighorn Sheep

July 27, 2012 Posted by: LM - Mather District Interpretive Ranger
Bighorn Sheep            

Ovis Canadensis
Early July

A survey to inventory the remaining populations of Bighorn Sheep (Ovis Canadensis) in the Sierra Nevada sighted a herd just outside Park boundaries to the Northeast. A total of 31 individuals were seen, including 7 rams and a mixed group of 24 adults and lambs. Although this group spends most of its time on Forest Service land, their territory includes the northeast edge of Yosemite. As Yosemite's only federally endangered animal, the bighorn sheep is being closely monitored through a partnership between the Park and the California Department of Fish and Game. To read more please see: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/sheep.htm


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Did You Know?

Yosemite Museum

When it opened to the public on May 29, 1926, the Yosemite Museum became the first museum building in the national park system, and its educational objectives served as a model for parks nationwide. It still functions much as it was originally intended, and currently exhibits items which mainly reflect the Native occupation of Yosemite Valley and its surroundings. When in the park, you can visit with one of three cultural demonstrators who primarily staff the Museum.