Problems in Death Valley with People Feeding Wildlife
Animals within the park should never be fed by people. Though it can be tempting to feed an animal to get a closer experience, or to "help it", these actions really hurt wildlife.
In Death Valley, we have a large problem with people feeding coyotes. The coyotes learn that easy food comes from cars, and they hang around the roads. They are also often seen stepping out in front of cars, forcing them to stop, then begging for food. This behavior is dangerous for both the coyotes and visitors. No matter how hungry or thirsty a coyote looks, these animals call this place home and have been able to survive on their own for a very long time. Though it may not look like there is any food or water around, desert animals know where to find it.
Animals not only change their behavior when fed by people, but the food can also make animals sick. You may love your snack of choice, but animals digestive tracks aren't used to eating the same food as humans.
Feeding animals can be dangerous for you! These are wild animals, and though they may appear "friendly", you never know how they may react to you. Keep yourself, and the animals, safe and stay at least 200 yards away from wildlife.
How can you help stop wildlife being fed in the park?
Last updated: February 7, 2019