• Rainbow over Half Dome

    Yosemite

    National Park California

Special Status Mammal Species

Badger sits in a grassy field

American badger

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.

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

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep—FE/SE
Pacific fisher—FC/CSC
Mount Lyell shrew—CSC
Pallid bat—CSC
Townsend’s big-eared bat—CSC
Spotted bat—CSC
Western red bat—CSC
Western mastiff bat—CSC
Sierra Nevada mountain beaver—CSC
Sierra Nevada snowshoe hare—CSC
Western white-tailed jackrabbit—CSC
Sierra Nevada red fox—ST
California wolverine—ST
American badger—CSC

Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.