Another day, another dumb tourist blatantly breaking the rules and getting way too close to wildlife in our National Parks. Rocky Mountain National Park took to social media to make an example of this visitor who posed for selfie next to moose last week. RMNP asked this simple multiple choice question to test your knowledge on why this selfie taker behavior was reckless and wrong. Lets see if you get it right:
What is wrong with this picture taken this week in Rocky Mountain National Park?
A: the park visitor has illegally approached wildlife
B: the park visitor is in a closed meadow – a meadow that is closed this time of year to protect wildlife!
C: the young bull moose is demonstrating his concern by laying his ears back
D: the park visitor has his back to the moose while taking a selfie – moose are faster than they look
All wildlife in Rocky Mountain National Park are wild animals and they should be given respect and space to be … wild. If an animal is reacting to you, you are too close. For moose and bears, keep back at least 120 feet or 36 meters. That’s more than two school bus lengths.
Don’t ask how close you can get, ask how far you should stay back. Learn more safe wildlife viewing tips HERE.
CORRECT ANSWER: E (ALL OF THE ABOVE)
If you’re planning a trip to a National Park please follow all safety guidelines and member that a long-distance relationship with wildlife is best. Stay on trails, roads or other hard surfaces. Do not approach wildlife. Instead, remember to pack your binoculars and/or a good telephoto lens.
When viewing bighorn sheep, elk, and deer, keep back at least 75 feet (23m). This is the length of two school buses. Moose and black bears need more space – keep back at least 120 feet (36m). All wildlife, including all small furry ones and ones that fly, need plenty of space. If they are reacting to us, then we are too close. It is illegal to feed, approach, or harass wildlife.
Don’t ask how close you can get, ask how far you should stay back.