Thursday, May 21, 2020

'We've never seen this': wildlife thrives in closed US national parks

Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center. “This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes,” said Kati Schmidt, a spokesperson for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We’ve known they’re in some of the higher elevation areas of Death Valley but as far as we’re aware they’ve never been documented this low in the park, near park headquarters.” The return of pronghorns to Death Valley is but one of many stories of wildlife thriving on public lands since the coronavirus closures went into effect a month and a half ago. In Yosemite national park, closed since 20 March, wildlife have flocked in large numbers to a virtually abandoned Yosemite Valley...MORE 

More than 4 million visitors traveled to Yosemite last year, the vast majority by way of automobile.

Yes, Yes, humans are bad, and even worse are those driving automobiles. 


Anonymous said...

The environmentalist never miss a chance to paint man as the evil one.

mobius said...

Wouldn't kill us to leave the animals be full time, though.