Bears and other wildlife at Yosemite National Park have been thriving since thecoronavirus pandemicshuttered national parksthroughout the U.S. and kept visitors away. Yosemite's social media accounts haveprovided followerswith glimpses of a mostly human-less park.
Ranger Katie, a biologist who's worked with black bears for over a decade, said in aFacebook live streamvideo Sunday that for the most part, the animals right now are having a "party" since the park closed onMarch 20. She said the start of springtime is usually "difficult" because of the volume of people that come visit the park.
"There can be literally walls of cars, stop-and-go traffic or people in the park," she said. "So, for the bears, they normally have pick through these little corridors that they have to move through in the valley to get from Point A to Point B. ... Now, that there are no people the bears are literally just walking down the road to get to where they need to go, which is kind of cool to see."