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Rethinking It -- Feeding Wildlife
Helping wildlife stay healthy and wild
This message is for all of us who spend time living, hiking, camping, backpacking, rafting, fishing and so on...in areas where wild animals make their homes. Please help distribute this message:
IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF WILD ANIMALS
THAT THEY ARE NOT FED BY HUMANS.
Every year, bears are killed by various government agencies because they have become habituated to humans and human food. This is a direct result of careless humans creating so-called "problem bears". There is many thousands of dollars in damage annually to vehicles, camping gear and backpacking gear by bears who have learned to associate humans' possessions with food availability. If you live in wildlife habitat, please secure garbage, pet food and other food sources. When you are picnicking, car camping and backpacking, please use the food storage methods recommended by the local agency (proper methods vary by location & "local bear conditions"). If you are planning to backpack and are not able to use a bear-resistant food container or use locally-recommended food storage methods, please do not go. Remember: "A fed (by humans) bear is a DEAD (by humans) bear!"
Other, less controversial animals are also at risk. Deer (and other animals) who approach humans and eat from their hands are not tame; they are bold. Deer have razor-sharp hooves and antlers, and can severely injure or kill a human with a strike. They also suffer health consequences from being fed by humans.
Please help native wildlife by allowing them to stay alive and healthy!
Copyright 1996 by Georgia Stigall. Permission to redistribute in its entirety
is granted - as long as this copyright statement is included - for
the purpose of helping both wildlife and humans.
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