Don’t feed the animals

Don’t feed coyotes. Feeding the animals at the laboratory can be dangerous for us and for them. Photo: adactio

There have been some reports of people feeding wild animals on the Fermilab site, especially coyotes. This is not a good practice and could be dangerous. By teaching animals that humans are a source of food, it emboldens them to approach and removes the natural fear and wariness that they have of us humans. It can be dangerous for animals as well. It is well known that tossing bread crumbs out for waterfowl can result in pathogens growing in the bread and making birds sick.

Rod Walton, ecologist, FESS