Keep Wildlife Wild
Feeding animals at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is not only unhealthy for park wildlife, it can also be dangerous for humans. Please avoid the temptation to feed park animals.
In campsites and at trailheads and picnic areas, squirrels will often approach people to beg for food. Squirrels can pose a serious threat to humans. They can transmit diseases such as rabies and bubonic plague, even if you don't make contact with them.
What To Do
Each park faces different challenges with keeping human food away from wildlife. At any camping area, be sure to ask about food storage regulations when you check into your site.
It’s The Law
Human food is harmful to wildlife, and feeding park animals is dangerous to humans. Please enjoy the animals of Bighorn Canyon from a distance. Please keep food in a vehicle or the bear boxes at Barry's Landing. The bear boxes work best.
Did You Know?
Fort C.F. Smith, was the most isolated of the posts which guarded the Bozeman Trail. Active from August 1866 to July 1868, it was under constant threat from the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne tribes during Red Cloud’s War. The U.S. government was forced to abandon the fort and trail. Some historians have called this conflict, “the first war the United States ever lost.” More...