Don't feed the bears

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Parks Canada seeks the public's cooperation in not feeding black bears, coyotes or any other wildlife in Terra Nova National Park.Most wild animals have a natural fear of humans, however, animals that learn to associate humans with a source for food may lose that natural fear. Black bears or coyotes that are fed by humans may become dependent on people for food, making them unpredictable and sometimes dangerous.

Parks Canada advises individuals to never feed a bear, coyote or any wildlife or allow it to take food whether on a roadside, in a campground, or any place where wildlife interaction is possible.

The public is asked to use caution when viewing wildlife along the roadside. For their own safety and the protection of wildlife, Parks Canada asks that people stay in their vehicles and ensure their vehicles are safely off the road, and not blocking traffic.

Camper and visitors in Terra Nova National Park are asked to take precautions as they can impact wildlife without ever seeing an animal. Campers and visitors can do their part to ensure their safety, the welfare of other park visitors and the protection of wildlife by disposing of garbage in bear proof receptacles, properly storing food and scented items in their vehicles and keeping their campground free of food.

All bear and coyote sightings should be reported to Terra Nova National Park staff at (709) 533-2801.

Organizations: Parks Canada

Geographic location: Terra Nova National Park

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