People need Nature – I will blog separate specifically about the many reasons separately – and National Parks perform an important role in ‘bringing people – especially young people and families – to interact positively with their natural environment’ in state of wilderness location .
To protect both people and wildlife to to ensure the interaction is safe – the following post points to some of the key thing to be informed of, NOT to do. These points are noteworthy regards any wildlife – but especially as we come up to the 100th Centenary of the US National Parks Service!
So there’s the post I came across …. from the National Parks Conservation Association
- Don’t Honk at Wildlife: Bears are know to spend time at roadside – ‘mother bears fear males will prey on their cubs’.
- Watch Your Step — and the Color of Your Shoes: As you walk on a beach, make sure not to step on birds’ or turtles’ nests — the same goes for rock climbers encountering nesting raptors. Avoid wearing white shoes. The turtles use the white foam of the waves, the moon and the reflection of sunlight on the water to find their way to the ocean. White shoes, clothing and lights can disorient them and cause them to lose precious energy.
- Don’t Put a Bison in Your Car: sounds very strange? This happened only last month (June 2016) – An account by a wildlife photographer suggested that a baby bison had already been abandoned by the time some tourists decided to take ‘action’ and that their intervention likely didn’t change the animal’s fate, but this tale is a reminder that park visitors shouldn’t interfere with nature’s course: Rangers tried to reunite the bison calf with its herd, but all attempts failed and the bison was euthanized as its wandering by the road posed a danger for cars.
- Sweat Without the Blood and Tears: Wildlife is still wild! Olympic’s mountain goats are a treasured sight for park visitors, but park officials note that they also have “sharp, potentially lethal horns.” Six years ago, a goat gored a hiker and stood on top of him until he bled to death. Ouch …. Enough said!?
- Invest in a Zoom LensPeople visiting national parks often do so at great expense and therefore want to record the experience, especially the moment they came upon a magnificent bison or bear. The animals usually don’t mind, but they also like their private space. Of the five people injured by bison in Yellowstone last year, three were taking pictures, including two with their backs turned to the animals, the CDC wrote in a report. Just last month, a woman was charged by an elk as she approached to photograph it. David Lamfrom, the head of NPCA’s wildlife program, recommends “avoiding large hooved mammals during their rutting season when they become more aggressive due to higher testosterone levels.”Here’s what happens when people get too close…. Youtube of people too close to elk
More information : Environmental Education visit NAEE , National Parks Service