Special Status Mammal Species
Dave Herr/U.S. Forest Service
Designations of protection can be state or federally issued. In the case of Yosemite National Park’s mammal species, the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is the only animal listed with the highest protections as federally and state endangered.
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep—FE/SE
Did You Know?
Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.