Red fox at sunset
Red fox at sunset

A red fox enjoys the sunset view of the bay from a path at Katmai National Park.

A coastal brown bear charges downriver
A coastal brown bear charges downriver

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 wave crashes over a northern elephant seal
A wave crashes over a northern elephant seal

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.

Coyote trots down the shoulder of a road
Coyote trots down the shoulder of a road

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.

Tule elk bull protecting his herd
Tule elk bull protecting his herd

A tule elk bull bugles as he protects a calf from his herd from a competing bull. Rutting season in Point Reyes, California.

Bobcat crouched in a field
Bobcat crouched in a field

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 black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on some grass
A black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on some grass

A black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on a blade of green grass, on the central coast of California.

Tule elk cow and her juvenile calf
Tule elk cow and her juvenile calf

A tule elk cow and her juvenile calf stand alert in a field of scrub brush, listening before moving on to grazing grounds.

A coyote peeks out from scrub brush
A coyote peeks out from scrub brush

A coyote peeks out from a hillside full of scrub brush, checking to see if the coast is clear before bounding out.

Three raccoon siblings near a path
Three raccoon siblings near a path

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 brush rabbit in the weeds
A brush rabbit in the weeds

A small brush rabbit pauses in the weeds and sits still among grasses and poison oak leaves.

A juvenile San Joaquin antelope squirrel with a cigarette butt
A juvenile San Joaquin antelope squirrel with a cigarette butt

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.

Female northern elephant seal warns a young bull away from her newborn pup
Female northern elephant seal warns a young bull away from her newborn pup

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.

Grizzly bear feasts on salmon
Grizzly bear feasts on salmon

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.

Black-tailed deer at sunrise
Black-tailed deer at sunrise

The silhouette of a black-tailed deer on a hillside, with the golden light of sunrise behind it.

A river otter in the reeds
A river otter in the reeds

A North American river otter is framed by green reeds as it pauses to stare at the camera.

California ground squirrel feasts on wild fennel
California ground squirrel feasts on wild fennel

A California ground squirrel munches on some fennel in a meadow.

A harbor seal moving down a rock
A harbor seal moving down a rock

A harbor seal shows off the specie's camouflage fur as it moves down a multi-colored rock.

Grizzly bear standing in river dripping water
Grizzly bear standing in river dripping water

A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, stands in a river, staring at the camera as water drips from his mouth.

A tule elk bull bugles on the coast
A tule elk bull bugles on the coast

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
A North American river otter pauses on the top of a rock

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
A coyote naps in the middle of a rural road

A coyote naps in the middle of a rural road, curled up against the pre-dawn cold.

A female pronghorn stands in a meadow at sunrise
A female pronghorn stands in a meadow at sunrise

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 the rocks
A harbor seal rests on the rocks

A harbor seal rests on rocks with the blue sea as a background.

A black-tailed deer doe stands in scrub brush in the fog
A black-tailed deer doe stands in scrub brush in the fog

A female black-tailed deer stands in green scrub brush in the thick morning fog.

A young sea otter floats on top of a calm sea
A young sea otter floats on top of a calm sea

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 grizzly bear walks straight toward the camera
A grizzly bear walks straight toward the camera

A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, walks straight toward the camera with an intimidatingly interested stare.

Hawaiian monk seal basks on the sand in Kauai, Hawaii
Hawaiian monk seal basks on the sand in Kauai, Hawaii

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
A mustang horse stands in beams of sunlight

A mustang horse stands in beams of sunlight at dawn. This mustang is part of a herd living on a sanctuary in California.

A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel stretches on top of a log
A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel stretches on top of a log

A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel, aka Nelson's antelope squirrel, takes a long stretch on top of a log at Carrizo Plain National Monument. This is an endangered species native to California.

A grizzly bear napping on a mud flat
A grizzly bear napping on a mud flat

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.

A mother sea otter with a pup on her chest
A mother sea otter with a pup on her chest

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 bonds with her newborn pup
A female northern elephant seal bonds with her newborn pup

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.

Young tule elk in the fog
Young tule elk in the fog

A young tule elk cow stops to smell the air in the dense early morning fog in Point Reyes, California.

A baby California ground squirrel pauses in the sunlight
A baby California ground squirrel pauses in the sunlight

A baby California ground squirrel stands at the mouth of a burrow in a field in the golden sunlight of the setting sun.

A grizzly bear with a freshly caught salmon
A grizzly bear with a freshly caught salmon

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.

Red fox at sunset
A coastal brown bear charges downriver
A wave crashes over a northern elephant seal
Coyote trots down the shoulder of a road
Tule elk bull protecting his herd
Bobcat crouched in a field
A black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on some grass
Tule elk cow and her juvenile calf
A coyote peeks out from scrub brush
Three raccoon siblings near a path
A brush rabbit in the weeds
A juvenile San Joaquin antelope squirrel with a cigarette butt
Female northern elephant seal warns a young bull away from her newborn pup
Grizzly bear feasts on salmon
Black-tailed deer at sunrise
A river otter in the reeds
California ground squirrel feasts on wild fennel
A harbor seal moving down a rock
Grizzly bear standing in river dripping water
A tule elk bull bugles on the coast
A North American river otter pauses on the top of a rock
A coyote naps in the middle of a rural road
A female pronghorn stands in a meadow at sunrise
A harbor seal rests on the rocks
A black-tailed deer doe stands in scrub brush in the fog
A young sea otter floats on top of a calm sea
A grizzly bear walks straight toward the camera
Hawaiian monk seal basks on the sand in Kauai, Hawaii
A mustang horse stands in beams of sunlight
A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel stretches on top of a log
A grizzly bear napping on a mud flat
A mother sea otter with a pup on her chest
A female northern elephant seal bonds with her newborn pup
Young tule elk in the fog
A baby California ground squirrel pauses in the sunlight
A grizzly bear with a freshly caught salmon
Red fox at sunset

A red fox enjoys the sunset view of the bay from a path at Katmai National Park.

A coastal brown bear charges downriver

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 wave crashes over a northern elephant seal

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.

Coyote trots down the shoulder of a road

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.

Tule elk bull protecting his herd

A tule elk bull bugles as he protects a calf from his herd from a competing bull. Rutting season in Point Reyes, California.

Bobcat crouched in a field

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 black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on some grass

A black-tailed jackrabbit nibbles on a blade of green grass, on the central coast of California.

Tule elk cow and her juvenile calf

A tule elk cow and her juvenile calf stand alert in a field of scrub brush, listening before moving on to grazing grounds.

A coyote peeks out from scrub brush

A coyote peeks out from a hillside full of scrub brush, checking to see if the coast is clear before bounding out.

Three raccoon siblings near a path

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 brush rabbit in the weeds

A small brush rabbit pauses in the weeds and sits still among grasses and poison oak leaves.

A juvenile San Joaquin antelope squirrel with a cigarette butt

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.

Female northern elephant seal warns a young bull away from her newborn pup

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.

Grizzly bear feasts on salmon

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.

Black-tailed deer at sunrise

The silhouette of a black-tailed deer on a hillside, with the golden light of sunrise behind it.

A river otter in the reeds

A North American river otter is framed by green reeds as it pauses to stare at the camera.

California ground squirrel feasts on wild fennel

A California ground squirrel munches on some fennel in a meadow.

A harbor seal moving down a rock

A harbor seal shows off the specie's camouflage fur as it moves down a multi-colored rock.

Grizzly bear standing in river dripping water

A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, stands in a river, staring at the camera as water drips from his mouth.

A tule elk bull bugles on the coast

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

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

A coyote naps in the middle of a rural road, curled up against the pre-dawn cold.

A female pronghorn stands in a meadow at sunrise

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 the rocks

A harbor seal rests on rocks with the blue sea as a background.

A black-tailed deer doe stands in scrub brush in the fog

A female black-tailed deer stands in green scrub brush in the thick morning fog.

A young sea otter floats on top of a calm sea

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 grizzly bear walks straight toward the camera

A coastal brown bear, better known as a grizzly bear, walks straight toward the camera with an intimidatingly interested stare.

Hawaiian monk seal basks on the sand in Kauai, Hawaii

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

A mustang horse stands in beams of sunlight at dawn. This mustang is part of a herd living on a sanctuary in California.

A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel stretches on top of a log

A baby San Joaquin antelope squirrel, aka Nelson's antelope squirrel, takes a long stretch on top of a log at Carrizo Plain National Monument. This is an endangered species native to California.

A grizzly bear napping on a mud flat

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.

A mother sea otter with a pup on her chest

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 bonds with her newborn pup

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.

Young tule elk in the fog

A young tule elk cow stops to smell the air in the dense early morning fog in Point Reyes, California.

A baby California ground squirrel pauses in the sunlight

A baby California ground squirrel stands at the mouth of a burrow in a field in the golden sunlight of the setting sun.

A grizzly bear with a freshly caught salmon

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.

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