A message from our Blue Sky Ecological Reserve team:
Feeding animals – whether intentionally or unintentionally by not securing trash – is dangerous for animals and humans. Wildlife experts caution that when animals have access to human food their behavior changes. They become food-conditioned, and though your intent may be to help, there are serious consequences.
- Animals dependent on human food stop hunting or foraging and could starve
- Animals lose their fear of humans and become aggressive
- Animals can get sick from human food or not get the nutrients they need
- Disrupting the food chain in wildlife disrupts the balance of their ecosystem
Please keep yourself and wildlife safe by not feeding the animals and properly disposing of trash. Wildlife is healthier when eating their natural diets. To learn more visit wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild.