Do You Know The Thumb Trick?

Slade, KY: Seeing wildlife is one of the pleasures of the great outdoors. We must remember that when we see wildlife we are visitors in their home.  It is important to respect wildlife.  Principle 6 teaches us a few things about treating wild animals with respect and here are some of those tips:

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.

The best way to keep a safe distance from wildlife is to use the thumb trick. Check out this video and test your skills next time you spot wildlife!

 

Travel Well,

Amanda and Greg - Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Team East Central

Leave No Trace’s Amanda Neiman and Greg Smith are part of the 2016 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, REI, Fjall Raven, ENO, Deuter, Thule, Taxa Outdoors and SmartWool.