Play in Nature and Keep Wildlife Wild
Warm sunny days and fresh spring air make us all want to get outside and play! But how do you hike, fly fish, camp or mountain bike, while keeping wildlife wild? Here are 7 tips from Y2Y partners, who work in the field and make coexistence with wildlife a daily practice.
1. Carry bear spray. Know how to use it. Keep it accessible. Chest or belt holsters were our partners' top picks.
2. Talk, sing or belt out your favorite yodel! Your voice is the best resource to let wildlife know you are in the area.
3. Pee on a tree that is far off the trail. Urine attracts wildlife.
4. Hang your food, tooth paste and sunscreen. If it smells it compels animals.
5. Learn about and pay attention to animal tracks and scat. Google 'wildlife tracking course' to find a program near you.
6. Keep your dog on a leash. It protects them from curious predators.
7. Install an electric fence to protect your garden or chickens from resident bears.
Thanks to Keystone Conservation, Wildsight, Defenders of Wildlife and Friends of Scotchman Peaks for these suggestions.