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Yosemite reports sighting of rare Sierra Nevada red fox

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The fox was captured using motion-sensor cameras Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan.4, 2015, according to a statement from Yosemite National Park.
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The fox was captured using motion-sensor cameras Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan.4, 2015, according to a statement from Yosemite National Park.

The Sierra Nevada red fox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America. But, because it's so elusive, not much is known about it.

The sighting provides research partners the opportunity to learn more about the fox and help protect it.

Motion-sensitive cameras took pictures of the fox in the northern part of the park. There have been two sightings, but officials aren't sure if it's the same or a different fox.

Crews have set up hair snare stations in the area in hopes of obtaining a hair sample and get a genetic analysis of the animal. Yosemite's remote areas create a hospitable habitat for wildlife, away from any disturbances and people. 

Kari Cobb is a park ranger at Yosemite National Park and she joined Take Two for the latest on the rare sighting. 

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