Yes, I'm cute, but you shouldn't feed me, no matter how much I beg.
Have you encountered begging squirrels, chipmunks, deer, elk, or other animals on the trails and said to yourself, "aww, I'll just give them a little of my snack; it will be okay?" Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it's really not a great idea. Feeding wild animals isn't the best way to 'connect with nature,' – so let's just keep our snacks to ourselves while the animals have their own nature snacks?"
Humans feeding wildlife can harm our precious animals. Here are some tips to keep nature safe and support keeping wildlife wild.
Here are ways to safely connect with wildlife while following simple guidelines. We can enjoy nature while also respecting and preserving the habitats of wild animals:
Keep your distance and use your zoom on your camera or utilize those binoculars.
Never share photos or videos of people feeding animals because it could encourage others also to feed wild animals.
Store your food properly (pack it in, pack it out) and leave no trace.
If you encounter an injured animal, always inform a Park Ranger or contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
And, of course… Don't Feed Wildlife!
If you're curious about animal footprints on the trails, check out the McGovern Animal Tracks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Bandana or the Animal Tracks Desert Bandana. These are great items to have with you when exploring and learning about the area.
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