Keep Wildlife Wild

I love animals as much as the next environmental communicator, but feeding most wild animals simply isn't a good idea.

I created a public environmental awareness campaign about keeping wildlife wild in state parks throughout Nebraska. The campaign included three signs to be hung up at different areas in the parks. Scroll through this post to view the posters and learn a little bit about the dangers of feeding wildlife.

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Human food is not healthy for animals, and they don’t need it to survive.

Wild animals have a very specialized diet, and they can become malnourished or die if fed the wrong foods. Birds who are fed bread and crackers can develop “angel wing” which is a deformity that twists the wing outward from the body.

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Wildlife accustomed to people often lose their fear of people and can become aggressive.

Feeding animals like squirrels by hand can make them desensitized to the dangers in residential or recreational areas. Wildlife populations increase to levels the natural environment can’t sustain when fed by humans. This unstable situation is often followed by animal starvation, outbreaks of disease or aggressive behavior.

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Securing your trash protects animals and humans.

Raccoons in trash can damage personal property and spread harmful diseases. If animals begin expecting food from humans or their trash, they can become aggressive and lead to injuries.

Source: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

 

Love, Katy


Thoughts, words and creations are all my own. Kathryn Bagniewski © 2018.