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Old 05-01-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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What is nice is much of the wildlife here is not afraid of people. I have wild rabbits that just stare at me when I walk in the yard, the scrub jays take food from your hand, the shrikes nab bugs right at your feet. The alligator is the one that is shiest as it swims away as soon as it sees me...not that I am complaining.
Thing is, while I know the idea of that wildlife being unafraid, and taking food from humans is enchanting, but doing so is not good for the birds and other animals. Having them become dependent on humans for food, and losing their natural wariness of the unfamiliar dulls their sense of survival, increasing their risk of becoming less than the "fittest" needed for survival of the species, so to speak.

Every naturalist, everyone involved with wildlife rescues, even law enforcement personnel will tell you the same thing, and there are laws, actually, against feeding or "molesting" ( considering anything to encourage these animals to become "friendly" is what they mean by that) wildlife, especially endangered species- such as scrubjays.

And those experienced and familiar with the flora and fauna in this neck of the woods will tell you that the problem alligators are those who've been fed by humans and so have come to associate humans with food.

All in all, while it's wonderful to see and enjoy the wildlife in their natural habitat around, it's best to observe it all from afar, and do your best not to even let the critters know you're around. Or do your best in that regard.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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A baby gecko let me touch him! LOL
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:50 AM
 
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Thing is, while I know the idea of that wildlife being unafraid, and taking food from humans is enchanting, but doing so is not good for the birds and other animals. Having them become dependent on humans for food, and losing their natural wariness of the unfamiliar dulls their sense of survival, increasing their risk of becoming less than the "fittest" needed for survival of the species, so to speak.

Every naturalist, everyone involved with wildlife rescues, even law enforcement personnel will tell you the same thing, and there are laws, actually, against feeding or "molesting" ( considering anything to encourage these animals to become "friendly" is what they mean by that) wildlife, especially endangered species- such as scrubjays.

And those experienced and familiar with the flora and fauna in this neck of the woods will tell you that the problem alligators are those who've been fed by humans and so have come to associate humans with food.

All in all, while it's wonderful to see and enjoy the wildlife in their natural habitat around, it's best to observe it all from afar, and do your best not to even let the critters know you're around. Or do your best in that regard.
All that I spoke of happens in my backyard. Scrub Jays are known for their tameness...heck they follow me when I walk around the yard. My neighbor has a flock of birds visit everyday as they have feeders galore.

I am sure your comment was given with good intention, but the reason the wildlife here are so tame is because people pretty much ignore them. The bunny doesn't run cause I am not going to eat it. The shrike enjoys the bugs I stir up when my bozo feet go clomping through the grass, the scrub jays like me for my personality...don't know why wally gator is shy, but I am not going to ask.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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All that I spoke of happens in my backyard. Scrub Jays are known for their tameness...heck they follow me when I walk around the yard. My neighbor has a flock of birds visit everyday as they have feeders galore.

I am sure your comment was given with good intention, but the reason the wildlife here are so tame is because people pretty much ignore them. The bunny doesn't run cause I am not going to eat it. The shrike enjoys the bugs I stir up when my bozo feet go clomping through the grass, the scrub jays like me for my personality...don't know why wally gator is shy, but I am not going to ask.
No intention on my part to intrude on your "Dr. Doolittle" fantasy, but wild animals do best when they're undisturbed by humans. It may well be that the rabbits in your yard see humans often enough ( they're not in a wildlife setting in your yard, after all) that they aren't alarmed when they see you, and both the Humane Society and wildlife organizations state it's ok to have birdfeeders in the yard, and to watch the birds from a distance, not disturbing them. But those scrubjays would not take food from human hands ( as you stated in your last post) if humans didn't offer them food, and they sure wouldn't follow the humans around expecting that food if they didn't get it.

And Wally gator is a wild animal with no natural interest in humans, and if you don't feed him he should stay that way.


Four Reasons Not to Feed Wild Animals (Plus Four Ways to Help Them) : The Humane Society of the United States

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