Creatures roam in Sierra foothills RV park

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POS_Segway_Chewie_LoriSanders_JulianneGCraneIn addition to numerous domestic pet companions, including ‘Chewie,’ the seven-month-old labradoodle owned by Lori Sanders, untold wild creatures make their home at SKP Park of the Sierras in central California south of Yosemite National Park.

Coarsegold Creek runs through the 161-acre Escapees RV Park, and the ‘Back Forty’ offers plenty of open space for walking, hiking and viewing of local wildlife including mule deer, California ground and western grey squirrel, and possibly the elusive coyote.

POS_woodpecker_JulianneGCraneBirds abound. Steller jay, raven, finch and acorn woodpecker (left) are among the feathered species endlessly gathering food from the live oak groves that dominate the surrounding hillside.

Closer to the ground, rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widow spiders and tarantulas make for a fascinating neighborhood.

Photos by Julianne G. Crane

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