A red fox enjoys the sunset view of the bay from a path at Katmai National Park.
An urban coyote watches the neighborhood from the safety of the shrubery.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, hauls a freshly caught salmon out of the river by its tail. Salmon are the main food source for grizzlies in the late summer and early fall, helping them to fatten up for winter hibernation.
A young male northern elephant seal comes ashore on the central coast of California, and as he makes his way onto the beach, a wave crashes over him, framing him in the white water.
A tule elk bull bugles as he protects a calf from his herd from a competing bull. Rutting season in Point Reyes, California.
A wild bobcat relaxes in a field after hunting for the morning. The color of its fur helps it to blend in with the dry grass of the meadow.
A coyote ambles down the side of a rural road in California in the early morning fog. The species has shown a remarkable ability to learn road savvy behavior and avoid car strikes.
A black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on a blade of green grass, on the central coast of California.
A female northern elephant seal gave birth to a pup, and within the hour has to warn off an overly interested young male. She roars and keeps herself between him and her tiny pup.
A tule elk cow and her juvenile calf stand alert in a field of scrub brush, listening before moving on to grazing grounds.
Three young raccoon siblings sit together near the edge of a park path, waiting for passing humans to deliver handouts of food. These raccoons are perfect examples of urban wildlife habituated to humans.
A small brush rabbit pauses in the weeds and sits still among grasses and poison oak leaves.
A juvenile endangered San Joaquin antelope squirrel, aka Nelson's antelope squirrel, holds a cigarette butt as if to eat it, hammering home the importance of keeping parks and wild spaces litter free.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, strips a salmon of its skin. During the salmon run, bears fill up on as much fish as possible, sometimes eating only the most fatty or nutrient dense parts of the fish, such as the roe or brain, and leaving the rest for the gulls.
The silhouette of a black-tailed deer on a hillside, with the golden light of sunrise behind it.
A California ground squirrel munches on some fennel in a meadow.
A harbor seal shows off the specie's camouflage fur as it moves down a multi-colored rock.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, stands in a river, staring at the camera as water drips from his mouth.
Tule elk, the smallest of the elk species, were reintroduced to the northern area of San Francisco Bay Area, in Point Reyes, in an effort to bring them back from near extinction. The recovery efforts have worked. A bull bugles in the early morning sunshine with the water of the Pacific behind him.
A North American river otter pauses on the top of a rock in the ruins of Sutro Bath in San Francisco, California. Nicknamed Sutro Sam, this is the first river otter to be spotted so close to San Francisco in about 50 years.
A coyote naps in the middle of a rural road, curled up against the pre-dawn cold.
A pregnant female pronghorn stands in a meadow at sunrise, days or perhaps even hours away from giving birth to a calf. She is one of the small number of pronghorn living in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a herd from reintroduced individuals. The species was once common in California but now is only found in sparse populations due to habitat loss. Despite being called antelope, pronghorn are actually more closely related to goats and are not antelope at all.
A harbor seal rests on rocks with the blue sea as a background.
A river otter looks out through the weeds with curiosity.
A female black-tailed deer stands in green scrub brush in the thick morning fog.
A young sea otter, an endangered species, floats on top of a calm sea in a bay in Katmai National Park. Sea otters keep their paws above water as much as possible as a way to keep from losing body heat to the frigid water.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, walks straight toward the camera with an intimidatingly interested stare.
An Hawaiian monk seal basks on the sand on a beach in Kauai, and scratches her head with a flipper. This is a critically endangered species, with only around 1,100 individuals left in the world.
A mustang horse stands in beams of sunlight at dawn. This mustang is part of a herd living on a sanctuary in California.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, takes a nap on the mud flat inbetween bouts of hunting for salmon. Katmai National Park, Alaska.
An endangered sea otter female holds her young pup on her chest. Mother sea otters put an incredible amount of time and energy into raising their young, much of it spent in grooming and keeping her pup warm.
A female northern elephant seal has just given birth to her pup. They smell each other, while seagulls scramble to eat the afterbirth behind the seal.
A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, splashes through the water of a mud flat while chasing salmon during the fall salmon run in Katmai National Park.
A baby California ground squirrel stands at the mouth of a burrow in a field in the golden sunlight of the setting sun.