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 more reports of people feeding wild animals on the Fermilab site, especially coyotes. This is a bad, potentially dangerous practice. 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 may seem like a good deed, or a way to get that great coyote close-up photograph, but the consequence is encouraging coyotes to approach humans with the expectation of a handout.

Rod Walton, ecologist, FESS