Wild animals don’t need your handouts.
They need your respect.
You may not realize it – a simple bag of garbage, bowl of pet food, or a hummingbird feeder in your yard can create problems with wildlife.
Whether you live in a city or a rural part of California, wild animals are your neighbors. Most wild animals will not bother you. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance – so long as they remain fully wild.
If wild animals have access to human food and garbage, unnatural foraging behavior can begin. Wildlife can quickly become accustomed to the presence of people and frequent neighborhoods. Which puts both people and animal at risk.
Wildlife in residential neighborhoods creates nuisance situations in which homes and property may be damaged. If bears and other wild animals damage property or threaten public safety, they might be killed.
Wildlife venturing into residential neighborhoods seeking food and garbage also puts animals at risk for vehicle strikes, pesticide poisoning and exposure to disease that can spread among wildlife that would not normally come into contact with each other.
Please – stash your food and trash.
Keep them wild.