"Watch out for wildlife. ..." Bryce Canyon National Park Favorite Tip by worldtrekker
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Favorite thing: Watch out for wildlife. Photo: Chipmunks wrestling on the Navajo loop trail, July '99. Cute, huh? The impact on wildlife in this park has been severe - hunting, trapping and poisoning outside the park have eliminated grizzly bears and wolves and devastated populations of mountain lion, black bear, elk and big horn sheep. The park is simply to small to protect significant numbers of these species. Within the park (where hunting and trapping is illegal), visitors continue to feed smaller wildlife despite signs asking them to refrain from doing so. This lures the animals away from their natural habitats to the roadsides and lookout areas, where they may be hit by cars, become sick from unsuitable food, lose their ability to find their own food in winter or become prey for predators. Feeding wildlife in the parks is illegal and subject to penalties. Under NO circumstances should you feed wildlife. I'm not here trying to spoil your fun, it's just that I love animals and hate to see them come to harm because of well intentioned, but ignorant people feeding them. These animals have the ability to find their own food to survive, but will gladly take an easy handout, even if it kills them.
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