• 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?

The Bachelor and Three Graces

Giant sequoias are a fire adapted species. Their bark is fire resistant and fire helps open the sequoia cone and scatter the tiny seeds. Fire also clears forest debris from the mineral soil and provides a nutrient rich seed bed as well as clearing competing species.