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Rare red fox is confirmed in Park

This Sierra Nevada red fox was photographed by an automated camera in the far north portion of Yosemite National Park on Dec. 13. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)This Sierra Nevada red fox was photographed by an automated camera in the far north portion of Yosemite National Park on Dec. 13. (NPS | CONTRIBUTED)Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 12:15 p.m. - Yosemite wildlife biologists today confirmed two recent sightings of the exceedingly rare Sierra Nevada red fox.

Automated cameras snapped the animal's image on Dec. 13 and Jan. 4, Park officials said today.

"We are thrilled," Park Superintendent Don Neubacher said. 

The California native, known by its Latin name Vulpes vulpes necator, is "one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra," Neubacher added.

The sighting is the first confirmation of the animal in Yosemite National Park in close to 100 years. The closest recent sightings of Sierra red foxes were in the Sonora Pass area. 

The recent sightings took place in "the far northern part of the Park," today's announcement said. Scientists believe that fewer than 50 of the animals exist in the wild.

The Sierra Nevada red fox is a subspecies of a globally-distributed fox species.

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