We hope you’ve been enjoying this National Great Outdoors Month. One way to get back to nature is by planning a camping trip.
We have worked with the Wildlife Care Association in helping spread information about caring for animals in the wild. If you have an old or unused vehicle, you can support the rescue, release and rehabilitation of wild animals by donating a car to the wildlife care Association through our Donate-a-car program.
Here are some tips for camping with wildlife:
- Research the types of wildlife that are in your area.
Not only will this be a great check-list for your adventure but it will help you be mindful of possible dangerous animals like mountain lions, bears or venomous snakes. Remember when you are camping, you are in their habitat.
- Do not approach wildlife
Animals in the wild that feel threatened will kick, bite or scratch to defend itself. You must forgo the desire to take a selfie close to the wild animal. Watch and take pictures from much farther away and be sure to strictly follow the posted guidelines. Remember that small animals can be just as deadly as carnivores if threatened or approached.
- Do not feed wild animals
This can be most dangerous and unhealthy for the wildlife. Wild animals can lose their fear of people and learn to associate people with food and this may end up with the animal being euthanized.
- Do not catch them to have as pets
Wild turtles and frogs may appear like cute pets, but they aren’t. Most animals in the wild that are taken and caged typically die without care from a professional. Allow them to flourish in their natural habitat.
- Store your garbage and food properly
You can unknowingly attract wildlife if you don’t store your food and trash properly.
- Bring the right gear
If there are venomous snakes in the area, be sure and wear snake boots. If you will be by mosquitoes, chiggers or ticks, be sure and pack insect repellent. If there are certain species of wildlife you’d like to observe, bring your binoculars, etc.
- Leave your dogs home or keep on a leash
Allowing your pets to roam freely can cause them to become prey for coyotes, wolves or mountain lions. They may even get bitten by a venomous snake. You also do not want your dog to kill any small wildlife species.
Take these tips and enjoy some time camping this month!