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Respect Wildlife

All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man - the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
      Chief Seattle
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respect wildlife Traveling through wilderness, humans are the visitors. We are passing through the homes and habitat of wild animals and our behavior should be much like what is expected when visiting another human's home.
In the home of others, we take off our shoes to keep the floor clean, sit on chairs rather than countertops or backs of couches, admire the artwork but don't take it home, use the bathroom carefully, talk politely, and help clean up toys and dishes.
In the wild, we walk on trails and sit on durable surfaces, enjoy the surroundings but don't take souvenirs, dispose of waste properly, leave wildlife alone, and clean up when we leave.

respect wildlife Wildlife can adapt to human presence over time.
In my neighborhood, we have deer, rabbit, squirrel, pheasant, ducks, geese, and many other animals that were here before the housing development. The animals roam through yards and sometimes seem oblivious to people walking past. This is hardly what we are looking for when we venture into the wilds, though. I expect a pheasant to explode in a flurry if I happen to pass too close. I expect to see a glimpse of a white tail through the trees if I startle a deer. I expect squirrels to chatter at me from high in a tree. This is wildlife.

The less interaction between animals and humans, the more wild things remain. To preserve the wildness of an area, there are many small things to do which can have a significant influence on the residents.
Here are a few:

leave no trace Tips on Respecting Wildlife

snowmobile harassing bison Respecting Wildlife is Important because:

Examples To Consider
In popular campsites, the local rodents get used to finding easy pickings left by humans and begin to hunt in bags and packs for the free food. It's a lot easier than searching out natural food and soon they discover that biting holes through plastic bags and backpacks is pretty easy.
Open food with a knife instead of tearing the package and hold it over or inside a large plastic bag to catch crumbs. Eat your food over a bandana on your lap or a plastic bag.
dont feed the animals
leave no trace by respecting animalsA student found this very interesting little lizard and brought it back to show his group. After petting its cool bumps and taking a couple pictures, it was carefully set down along the trail.
The sweat and oil from his hands and being displaced from its regular habitat killed the lizard in a few days.
How badly do you want that picture of yourself with a wild animal?
This person is completely clueless about the danger she is in.
give animals room

Teaching Respect Wildlife

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