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Keeping visitors and wildlife safe at national parks

There are a few important things to remember to keep yourself and wildlife safe while visiting a national park.

There are a few important things to remember to keep yourself and wildlife safe while visiting a national park. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)



SPRINGDALE, Washington County — When it comes to visiting a National Park, most visitors have an interest in seeing wildlife.

And when that moment arrives, the rush of adrenaline can often get the best of some people. When visitors of a National Park do come across wildlife, it is important to keep a safe distance from them. Even innocent-looking critters like squirrels need to be given their space.

How close is too close?

According to the Zion National Park web page, it is recommended that visitors stay at least 100 feet away from animals such as deer and bighorn sheep.

Visitors should also stay at least 50 feet away from reptiles, squirrels and birds.

The site says any activity by visitors to attract the attention of wildlife is illegal.

Wildlife can get bold

When wildlife is around humans, eventually, they will approach people or campsites in search of food.

Park rangers at Zions National Park recommend that visitors store all food properly, and don't leave garbage lying around.

Large groups

As a large number of people may gather to see wildlife, the importance of maintaining a safe distance is critical.

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Mark Jones

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