Animals come out of hibernation every spring. And they come out hungry. Humans are often living in such close proximity to wildlife (bears, fox, squirrel, etc.) and the animals often become too comfortable with the human habitat. This results in garbage raids and snatched food and cars that are broken into for edible stashes. To avoid difficulties while traveling by car or a new or used RV there are steps that should be taken. Beaudry RV suggests the following tips that keep RVers safe while allowing them to enjoy wildlife the way it was meant to be enjoyed:
Bears. Deodorant, toothpaste, French fries, and other foods can entice bears to break into vehicles. Bears have become for notorious for this behavior. It has become a regular nuisance to campers in campsites; bears charge campers for their food. They climb trees and steal unsuspecting campers’ dinner. The bear’s intense sense of smell makes it extremely important to remove all food and scented toiletries from RVs during overnight stays. They must be kept in bear-proof containers (bear boxes).
Bear canisters can be used to prevent bears from stealing food (leaving campers hungry). The more human food bears consume…the more aggressive they become. Springtime often leaves campers with the desire to photograph a mother and cubs, but allowing them to take food leaves them with a feeling of entitlement to human food. And this creates a dangerous situation for both the bears and the campers.
Foxes. Foxes aren’t known for attacking humans. They are scavengers. But they are known for “scavenging” small animals (including cats and dogs in campsites). So don’t entice foxes to come closer to a campsite or feel comfortable around human populated campgrounds by feeding them. This will increase the chances that they will scavenge among campsite food stores, etc. To view foxes watch for dens (in covered spaces). Common spots include water drainage pipes and culverts.
Foxes. The fox is a scavenger. Few reports are made of human attacks by foxes. But foxes have been known to steal both cats and small dogs for their dinner. When campers feed foxes it encourages them to stay in close proximity to campsites. They are a wild animal. And any wild animal will eventually learn that humans are a source of food if humans are feeding them. This makes them more likely to sneak into food stashes. To view foxes in spring look for dens in covered spaces (look in a culvert of in a water drainage pipe).
Squirrels. Squirrels aren’t often considered a wildlife problem. Many campers see them as adorable creatures that they can entice closer; even feeding them from their hand. But squirrels have very sharp teeth and are often transmitter of bubonic plague (carried by fleas on the animal).
On the other hand squirrels can be very fun to observe. They are so frisky in their activities. Find them in their natural habitat. They live in variety of locations and are active throughout the day. Keep your distance to ensure you don’t learn just how sharp their teeth are.
When it comes to wildlife it is important to remember that they are wild. Campers should feel responsible for ensuring that they do nothing to limit the wildlife’s ability to survive in their natural habitat. Feeding animals in or around the campsite creates a dangerous situation not only for campers in the area, but for the animals that depend upon the development of their natural hunting and/or scavenging skills in order to survive.
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