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Old 09-03-2005, 07:30 AM
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Wildlife deserve our respect and good manners!

Wildlife deserve our respect and good manners!

* Enjoy wildlife... quietly and at a distance. Avoid shouting, gesturing or otherwise disturbing animals. Never throw anything, including snowballs, at wild animals. Don’t get carried away with camera shots and do not corner wildlife. If an animal shows signs of being disturbed (ears back, eyes bugged out, hackled back, or alarm cries), give it lots of room. .

* Feed the songbirds... but never moose or waterfowl. Never, absolutely never feed moose or bears. A “fed animal may soon be a dead animal”. Animals that come to depend on people for food can become unpredictable and dangerous. It is illegal to feed these wild animals in Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish & Game encourages people to feed songbirds; many of these species are on the decline throughout the nation. However, please do NOT feed Canada Geese or ducks. Feeding these animals may interrupt their migration and encourage dependence on humans. What humans feed animals may not be healthy for them; their natural environment provides them with the healthiest food. .

* Keep wildlife undisturbed... leash & fence your pet. Leave your pet at home or in your vehicle. Pets can chase wildlife, dig up nests, kill baby animals, or lead an angry mother or father back to you. A wild animals may injure or kill your pet in protection of its life or territory. .

* Animals & humans need it clean... pick up litter. Carry out all the trash you hike with. Animals may try to eat discarded litter. Garbage attracts bears; keep a clean campsite. Litter can also entangle or trap wildlife, especially fishing line. .

* Help wild parents... avoid nesting areas. Respect mothers with young. Limit your time viewing young animals to 5-10 minutes. You may be keeping a parent from warming its eggs or offspring. Wild animals can be fiercely protective of their young. Never get between a mother and its baby or babies.

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Old 10-23-2005, 11:01 PM
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Also before trapping any animal, such as chipmonks, squirrels, raccoon, opossum and releasing them elsewhere, check with your local wildlife officer. I just found out it is illegal to do that here as you are taking them out of their natural habitat. It may be the same kind of area where you release them but that is the territory of other animal and they may "run" the newcomers out.
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