Friday, June 6, 2014

Do not feed wildlife!


At the headwaters of the Silver River, at Silver Springs park, at the glass bottom boat dock, this sign stands as a warning. Feeding wildlife makes them less afraid of humans and could lead to the notion on the part of the wildlife that a human is good to eat. So, if you visit Silver Springs State Park, please refrain from feeding bears, foxes, bobcats, alligators, snakes, armadillos or other such critters. Squirrels and pigeons, I would guess, are exempt from that prohibition.

18 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Ah, does make one wonder about the brain functioning of many, doesn't it!! Beautiful place! I'd love to visit there and I do only feed birds and squirrels -- I have plenty of experience as I have a yard full of both! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Lowell!

Kay said...

Feeding wildlife also makes it dependent on human handouts, which isn't good, either.

William Kendall said...

It's best, after all, to let wildlife fend for themselves, for all sides involved.

RedPat said...

That looks like a beautiful spot, Lowell!
Bloorcourt comes from a combo of Bloor St & Dovercourt Rd. And CBS rents out billboard space here and there is one up above the vet sign.

Taken For Granted said...

Lush green park with a sign giving excellent advice.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh don't feed the pigeons either -- those are flying rats! Funny that manicured lawn and flowerbed don't look like they harbor a lot of wildlife. But who knows.

Randy said...

I don't know Lowell. It I saw a hungry gator I think I would feed him what ever he want, well not you.

Jack said...

I really don't understand the need of many people to toss food at wild animals. If the humans weren't there, the wildlife would do just fine. Maybe better.

Andy said...

Damn good advice.

VP said...

I am sure I will do almost everything to not feed the gators...

llandudnopictures said...

Very sensible!

Karl Demetz said...

Many people probably think that animals can not survive without their help!?

EG CameraGirl said...

let's hope Lois Anne does not regard you as "wildlife." :))

Birdman said...

Bear to the fox. "So, what's for breakfast? It's the right thing to do."

Sharon Anck said...

With those kinds of wild animals around, I'll heed the warning. Especially those gators. I don't trust them at all.

Judy said...

There are signs all over Grand Canyon National Park that tell people not to feed the squirrels, in several languages, with pictures of squirrels and of a persons hand that has a big bite on it. We usually see someone sitting by the sign, feeding the squirrels.

cieldequimper said...

Oh don't worry. You know I wouldn't feed the gators.

Halcyon said...

Despite the warning, I'm sure there are still people who feed them. :(

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