Pets are welcome in Vicksburg National Military Park, and many a visitor and local citizen enjoy an outing in the park walking their pets. If you plan to bring your pet with you on a visit to Vicksburg National Military Park, you should be prepared. An important thing to remember is that heat can kill. Be sure to carry enough water for you and your pet and do not leave it in an unattended vehicle. Temperatures in a modestly vented vehicle can still be high enough to stress or kill an animal.
Tips to keep in mind:
♦ Pets are permitted in the park as long as they are on a leash. Please ensure that you pick up after your pet as it is courteous to the resource and other visitors. Bags are available in the Visitor Center and the USS Cairo parking lots, and it is best to keep a few on hand during your visit.
♦ Pets can unknowingly threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left by a pet can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a pet and may not venture out to feed.
♦ Unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells can disturb even the calmest, friendliest, and best-trained pets, causing them to behave unpredictably. Even in domesticated pets instincts can take over in a situation where they feel threatened or frightened.
♦ With the exception of designated service animals, pets are not allowed in visitor facilities or on the USS Cairo gunboat exhibit.
Did You Know?
Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.