With 4.5 million visitors last year, the park is not always a great option for any kind of social distancing, especially in the very scenic ― and often very crowded ― Yosemite Valley.
But with the park closed during the pandemic, some of its more elusive creatures are making an appearance ― including the solitary and noctural bobcat.
“Secretive bobcats are not often seen, but they have become more conspicuous since the park closure,” the park wrote on Facebook.
One of the park’s photos shows a cat on a boardwalk that would typically be teeming with people.
Given the elusive nature of the bobcat, the park shared some “social distancing” advice from the animal’s perspective:
Timely advice from a Yosemite bobcat: 1) Avoid social contact (6ft? Not far enough by bobcat standards), 2) mark your territory, 3) shelter in a cozy den, 4) It's okay to nap all day, 5) don't let anyone pet you. Are you living the bobcat life? pic.twitter.com/b78r4ympFL
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) March 31, 2020
During Yosemite’s closure, a number of webcams remain in operation to give nature lovers a live glimpse of the park.
It’s as close as most people can get to Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls for now.