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Rare Fox Spotted Near Sonora Pass

Markleeville, CA — A Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted by scientists near Sonora Pass. California listed the fox as a threatened species back in 1980. The fox was photographed by a motion activated camera set up by U.S Forest Service employees on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.


“The last known sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox in the Sonora Pass area was sometime in the 1920s,” said Mike Crawley, Forest Service Ranger. “Needless to say, we are quite surprised and excited by this find.”


Cameras will now be set up in a wider area around Sonora Pass in an effort to learn more about the animal. The animal was spotted in an area close to where Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park meet together.