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  • Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire

    The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »

  • Campground Closures Due to Fire

    Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »

  • Yosemite National Park is Open

    Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.

Mammal Species List

View Yosemite's complete mammal list, naming approximately 90 species. Within this list, recognize the park’s 14 mammals that have a special status.

  • Federally Endangered (FE)
  • Federal Candidate (FC)
  • State Endangered (SE)
  • State Threatened (ST)
  • California Species of Concern (CSC)
pica leaning on rock


N.H./U.S. Forest Service


Mount Lyell shrew (Sorex lyelli)--CSC
Montane shrew (Sorex monticolus)
Inyo shrew (Sorex tenellus)
Water shrew (Sorex palustris)
Trowbridge shrew (Sorex trowbridgii)
Broad-footed mole (Scapanus latimanus)


Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Brush rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani)
Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus)
White-tailed hare (Lepus townsendii)
Sierra Nevada snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus tahoensis)--CSC
Western white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii townsendii)--CSC


Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginianus) (non-native species)


Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus)
Yuma myotis (Myotis yumanensis)
Long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis)
Fringed myotis (Myotis thysanodes)
Long-legged myotis (Myotis volans)
California myotis (Myotis californicus)
SmaIl-footed myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum)
Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
Canyon bat (Parastrellus hesperus)
Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Western red bat (Lasiurus blossevillii)--CSC
Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
Spotted bat (Euderma maculatum)--CSC
Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)--CSC
Pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus)
Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)
Western mastiff bat (Eumops perotis)--CSC

marmot on rocky terrain

Yellow-bellied marmot

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Yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris)
Belding's ground squirrel (Urocitellus beldingi)
California ground squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)
Golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis)
Chickaree (Tamiasciurus douglasii)
Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus)
Western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Allen’s chipmunk (Tamias senex)
Alpine chipmunk (Tamias alpinus)
Least chipmunk (Tamias minimus)
Lodgepole chipmunk (Tamias speciosus)
Long-eared chipmunk (Tamias quadrimaculatus)
Merriam’s chipmunk (Tamias merriami)
Uinta chipmunk (Tamias umbrinus)
Yellow-pine chipmunk (Tamias amoenus)
Mountain pocket gopher (Thomomys monticola)
Botta's pocket gopher (Thomomys bottae)
California pocket mouse (Chaetodipus californicus)
Western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)
Brush mouse (Peromyscus boylii)
California mouse (Peromyscus californicus)
Deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
Pinyon mouse (Peromyscus truei)
Black rat (Rattus rattus)
Bushy-tailed woodrat (Neotoma cinerea)
Big eared woodrat (Neotoma macrotis streatori)
Heather vole (Phenacomys intermedius)
California meadow mouse (Microtus californicus)
Long-tailed vole (Microtus longicaudus)
Montane vole (Microtus montanus)
House mouse (Mus musculus)
Western jumping mouse (Zapus princeps)
Beaver (Castor canadensis)
Sierra Nevada mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa californica)
Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum)
badger sits in grassy field

American Badger

Dave Herr/U.S. Forest Service


Badger (Taxidea taxus)--CSC
Ermine (Mustela ermenea)
Fisher (Pekania pennanti)--FC/CSC
Long-tailed weasel (Muatela frenata)
American Mink (Neovison vison)
American marten (Martes americana)
River otter (Lontra canadensis)
Spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius)
Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
Wolverine (Gulo gulo)--ST
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Grey fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
Black bear (Ursus americanus)
Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos)--extirpated
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)
Bobcat (Lynx rufus)
Mountain lion (Puma concolor)
Sierra Nevada red fox (Vulpes vulpes necator)--ST

Hooved Mammals

Feral pig (Sus scrofa) (non-native species)
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep (Ovis Canadensis sierrae)--FE/SE Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Did You Know?

American Indians use traditional ignition methods on a prescribed fire project

The indigenous people of Yosemite Valley have used fire as a tool for thousands of years. Fire was used to encourage the growth of plants used for basket making and to promote the growth of the black oak--a sun loving species--and a staple food source for American Indians from this region.