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Health Tip: Enjoy Nature, But Beware of Wildlife

Never offer food

(HealthDay News) -- While you're out for a hike, walking, running, fishing or watching animals, remember to respect any wildlife.

The U.S. Forest Service recommends:

  • Never attempt to feed any wildlife.
  • Any animal can be dangerous, so don't go near any critters. Change your route to give them a wide buffer. Never block an animal from leaving the area.
  • If you want to photograph wildlife, do so only from observation areas.
  • Use a telephoto lens or binoculars to help you see without getting too close.
  • If an animal approaches you, slowly move away to a safe distance.
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