I remember seeing the before & after photos of various places around the globe showing the impacts of the pandemic on air quality. Much improved!!
I'd also read that animals were being seen venturing into spaces they'd not routinely frequented either.
And, this morning I read that a wolf from Oregon (known as OR-93) equipped with a GPS collar has been tracked in Mono County, California which is near Yosemite National Park.
OR-93 is the 16th gray wolf documented as having traveled into California, which had its population of wolves totally wiped out in the 1920s as part of a government-sponsored and nationwide cull largely conducted on behalf of the U.S. livestock industry.
Previously, wolf OR-54 traveled down as far as Lake Tahoe Basin before returning north. The remainder traveled around or settled in California's northern counties.
That suggested OR-93, the first from the White River pack confirmed as moving south into California, may be the first of its kind to near the Yosemite area in 100 years.
The Center for Biological Diversity said wolves returned to Oregon and Washington in the 2000s, and another wolf, OR-7, was first documented as reaching California in 2011. At the time, it had been the first wild wolf confirmed in the state in 87 years.
Fewer than a dozen known wolves now live in California. Alongside OR-93, that includes the five-strong Lassen pack and a new pair found in Siskiyou County late last year.
© Austin Smith Jr./California Department of Fish and Game
Photo of OR-93 by Austin Smith Jr., Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.