Cool video of endangered bighorn sheep getting released into Yosemite National Park this week. In 2000, there were as few as 100 Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, but since then conservation efforts have helped increase the number to over 600 sheep. The return of this long-absent wilderness icon to the heart of Yosemite will restore the alpine ecosystem and give backcountry hikers a chance to view bighorn sheep in their native habitat. This is the first time in more than 100 years that bighorn sheep are in the Cathedral Range.


Afternoon Light, Cathedral Range, Yosemite National Park by 4 Corners Photo
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Late afternoon sunlight strikes Cockscomb, Unicorn Peak and Cathedral Peak in Yosemite National Park. The mountains were formed by glaciers carving out the granite material. The tops of the peaks in the range were above the level of the highest glaciation, and are therefore un-eroded and distinctly spire-like.