Coronavirus: Yosemite releases footage of bears, deer and other animals roaming with no humans around

Kate Ng
A bear crosses an empty, unused road in Yosemite National Park as wildlife begin to venture into more open spaces in the absence of humans: Yosemite National Park

Wildlife in Yosemite National Park have been filmed enjoying the start of spring without the presence of humans in their habitat.

The park released a video on its Facebook page of bears, deer, foxes, bobcats, and other animals crossing empty roads and exploring areas normally inundated with people as the coronavirus lockdown keeps visitors away.

The footage, filled with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls, showed how wildlife were thriving amid the absence of human visitors.

Yosemite, located in California, has been closed since 20 March and is being taken care of by around 200 park service employees, reported the Los Angeles Times. The current park closure is expected to be its longest on record.

The park said in a caption alongside the video: “April kicked off with one last snowstorm, and since then spring has really been taking off!

California was one of the first states to impose lockdown measures and has recorded over 45,000 Covid-19 cases, with 1,809 deaths.

There are over a million cases of the virus in the US, and the country’s death toll has surged to 58,955, more than the number of American soldiers who died during the Vietnam war.

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