Sunday, September 25, 2011

Leave No Trace Principles - Respect Wildlife

Dijukno Respect Wildlife is the 6th of 7 Leave No Trace Principles?  Humans can unknowingly cause distress to animals by exhibiting the following behaviors:
cutting trail switch backs, getting too close, leaving behind food and trash, and being too loud (except in bear/mountain lion country).

  • When entering the natural world, we are in essence entering the home of wild animals. 
  • Some ideas on ways we can respect wildlife are: Observe wildlife from a distance. 
  • Do not follow or approach them. 
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. 
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. 
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

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