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New Snow, 97 Inches: Tuolumne Winter Rangers Report

YOSEMITE — Tuolumne Winter Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski are back again with weekly stories from the field. New snow: 97 inches Total settled snow depth: 102 inches (at 8,600 feet) High temperature: 46°F (January 31) Low temperature: -20°F (February 6) Ski Conditions and Weather This week saw an impressive return to winter with a series of storms that dropped a ...

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What The Bears Are Up To In Yosemite

YOSEMITE —  As Yosemite National Park officials work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans, bear activity in Yosemite National Park continues to decrease. Compared to this same week in 2017, the lowest year on record, bear incidents in 2018 are down by 43 percent and damage amounts in dollars are down by 64 ...

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Bear Incidents Drop In Yosemite, Vehicles Still A Big Threat

YOSEMITE — Over the past 20 years, Yosemite National Park officials have achieved notable results in their work to protect bears by reducing the number of incidents between bears and humans. Compared to statistics at this point in 2017 — the lowest year on record — bear incidents in 2018 are down by 50 percent and damage amounts (in dollars) ...

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Bald Eagle Tours At Millerton Lake

FRIANT — If you’ve ever wondered about the habits and habitat of the majestic Bald Eagle such as we can sometimes see locally, now is the time to take a closer look — with an expert along to guide you. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, is now accepting reservations for the 33rd ...

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Library Workshop: Park Ranger Guzman On Backyard Wildlife

OAKHURST — Bobcats, mountain lions and black bears are just a few of the wild animals prominent in the Yosemite National Park and the surrounding foothill communities that Park Ranger Alejandra (Ale) Guzman will discuss in a workshop scheduled at the Oakhurst Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Guzman says participants will learn about ...

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Audubon Features Foothills Conservation In April Program

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The rolling foothills of the western Sierra Nevada encompass a richly diverse and scenic natural and cultural heritage. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC), a local land trust founded in 1996 in Fresno County, now plays a significant role in protecting the natural resources, working lands, cultural traditions and rural character of this area’s expansive ...

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YAAS Presents Living With Wildlife Program In Oakhurst

Contributed by Len McKenzie — Californians, particularly in rural areas such as the Sierra foothills, are generally familiar with the pleasures and the challenges of living with wildlife. While viewing animals at close range, especially species not commonly seen, is usually exciting, some critters who live or venture close to our homes can become “problem” animals or nuisances, and occasional ...

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What To Do If You Find A Fawn

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even as the summer sun beats down on the trees and grassland, fawns are being born to mule deer in the foothills and higher elevations, and stumbling around sleepy-eyed in their first few weeks of life. The small, spotted, delicate creatures are vulnerable to predators and, as it turns out, humans are among the species that can be dangerous to ...

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Human-Bear Incidents At Record Low In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park has recorded the lowest number of human-bear incidents since 1975, when the park initiated its first human-bear management program, say park officials. A bear incident is counted when a bear causes property damage, obtains food, acts aggressively, or injures a person. In 2015, there were 76 incidents, which resulted in $4,909 in property damage. This ...

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Lions, Racoons & Bears: Ranger Talk On Backyard Wildlife

OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Library will host Yosemite National Park Ranger Christine Raines who will expound on the topic of backyard wildlife. The free presentation takes place on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the library community room, where the audience will learn about different wildlife habitats, their adaptations, physiology and behaviors.  The animals Ranger Christine will ...

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