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"Do NOT Feed the Wildlife" Animal Dangers Tip by Tom_Fields

Animal Dangers, Yosemite National Park: 47 reviews and 36 photos

  A ground squirrel, looking for a handout
by Tom_Fields

The National Park Service prohibits feeding animals. Of course, they may seem rather tame; most of them, especially at the popular tourist spots, are accustomed to having people around. And they may beg for food.

Don't give them any. Remember the ranger slogan: A fed animal is a dead animals. Or, as the late Milton Friedman always said, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Let them fend for themselves. If they become dependent upon humans, then they are no longer truly wild; they turn into little beggars.


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  • Written Apr 7, 2007
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