yosemite animals

screen background: bears by a river in Yosemite

screen wallpaper of some bears in a Sierra Nevada glaciated valley, sort of like Yosemite Valley but slightly different, also with an owl, some deer, and a falcon

screen background: bears in a glaciated valley in the Sierra Nevada

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coloring page: bears in yosemite

printable coloring page of a yosemite valley with bears swimming in the river, and owls, a falcon, and deer watching

coloring pages: bears in a glaciated valley

free printable coloring page of a valley in yosemite national park, with brears and other wildlife click here to see a bigger version, click the PDF logo if you want to print and color it.

animals of the sierra nevada: big horn sheep

cartoon big horn sheep

  • The bighorn sheep are sociable animals and live together in groups.
  • Bighorns live in the highest elevations in the Sierra Nevada.
  • In the winter they huddle together on the tops of mountains where it is too windy for snow to collect.

animals of the sierra nevada: black bear

cartoon black bear

  • Black bears can be black, brown, or even blonde.
  • Bears love to eat berries, insects, and plants.
  • Cubs stay with their mother until they are about 1 and a half years old.

animals of the sierra nevada: mt. lyell salamander

cartoon salamander

  • The Mount Lyell Salamander is patterned like granite, which helps it hide in Yosemite.
  • These salamanders like to live near glaciers.
  • Its tail has a sticky grip that helps it climb rocks.

animals of the sierra nevada: mule deer

cartoon mule deer

  • Deer eat leaves and twigs in the spring and summer, acorns in the fall, and evergreens in the winter.
  • Male deer lose their antlers after the fall every year.
  • Fawns (baby deer) do not have a scent, which keeps them safe from predators.

animals of the sierra nevada: rattlesnake

cartoon rattlesnake

  • The rattlesnake’s rattle is made up of material like our fingernails.
  • The rattlesnake only makes noise when it wants to scare something away, it is silent when it hunts.
  • Because a rattlesnake’s fangs often break when biting an animal, they have “reserve fangs” that replace them in a few hours.
  • animals of the sierra nevada: california ground squirrel

    cartoon squirrel

    • This squirrel lives on the ground around oaks, not in trees like most other squirrels.
    • Some ground squirrels hibernate when it is too cold, others “aestivate” when it is too hot.  In both situations they sleep and are dormant until it is nice outside.
    • Unfortunately for the ground squirrel, he is an important part of most predators’ diets.

    animals of the sierra nevada: steller’s jay

    cartoon steller's jay

    • Steller’s jays are loud and bold around campsites and food, but quiet and shy around their nests.
    • Sometimes they imitate the screams of hawks.
    • Mostly they live in conifer forests.

    animals of the sierra nevada: steller’s jay

    cartoon steller's jay

    • Steller’s jays are loud and bold around campsites and food, but quiet and shy around their nests.
    • Sometimes they imitate the screams of hawks.
    • Mostly they live in conifer forests.

    animals of the sierra nevada: fisher

    cartoon fisher

    • The fisher is a member of the weasel family.
    • The fisher likes thick forests and swamps.
    • The fisher is one of the only animals that can hunt porcupines, it avoids the sharp quills by flipping them on their backs.

    animals of the sierra nevada: blue-tailed skink

    cartoon blue tailed skink

    • Skinks live in low to middle elevations.
    • Mostly they hide under leaves all day.
    • The skink can let its tail fall off when a predator grabs it, then run away.