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Guidelines for Watching Wildlife
From the Colorado State Trails Program
- Observe animals from a safe distance. Be especially sensitive to
adults with their young.
- Move slowly and casually, not directly at wildlife. Allow animals
to keep you in view; do not surprise them.
- Never chase or harass wildlife. Harassment of wildlife is unlawful.
- Leave your pets at home. At best they hinder wildlife watching;
at worst they can chase, injure or kill wildlife.
- Limit the time you spend watching if animals appear to be stressed.
- Avoid animals that behave strangely or aggressively. They may be
- Respect others who are viewing the same animals.
- Do not feed wild animals.
- Respect private property. Ask first before entering private land.
- Be aware of creatures that reside around the trail.
- If you encounter wildlife, stand still and let it pass. Watch. Don't
- If you encounter a bear or mountain lion, stay calm. Do not run
and teach children not to run. Runners appear to be prey.
- Look around to make sure you aren't separating the animal from its
young, then back away slowly, avoiding eye contact. Make yourself
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