Sierra Nevada Wildlife
From marmots to bears, golden trout to golden eagles, the Sierra Nevada is bountiful with wildlife. I love when I get lucky enough to encounter a wild animal in the Sierra and get to photograph it! Please feel free to contribute a photo or two of the wildlife you've been lucky enough to encounter in the Sierra. I advocate bringing zoom lenses to get close to your subjects and to avoid disturbing or harassing them. Respecting wildlife is one of the 7 principles of Leave No Trace and should be followed whenever you visit any one of the parks or forests in the Sierra.
This wonderful description of the area comes from the CERES Website
: "The Sierra Bioregion is rich in biodiversity, containing over half the plant species found in California and more than 400 of the state's terrestrial wildlife species, or about two-thirds of the birds and mammals and half the reptiles and amphibians. The variety of habitat types include annual grassland, blue oak savannah, chaparral, ponderosa pine, black oak woodland, mixed conifer, red fir, riparian, alpine meadow, Jeffrey pine, sagebrush, and bitter brush.
Animals that inhabit the Sierra Bioregion include lodgepole chipmunk, mountain beaver, California mountain king snake, black bear, wolverine, California big horn sheep, Pacific fisher, mule deer, and mountain lion. The California Golden Trout -- the state fish -- is native to the Southern Sierra. Birds include the northern goshawk, mountain chickadee, pine grosbeak, California spotted owl, mountain quail, willow flycatcher, bald eagle, and great grey owl."
External LinksYosemite National Park Wildlife
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks Wildlife
CA Dept of Fish & Game
Winter Wildlife in Yosemite National Park
Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation
Sierra Wild Bear
The Mountain Yellow-legged frog is recovering in Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP's
Yosemite Association Nature Notes articles about wildlife
Are alpine species disappearing?