Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Don't attempt to rescue trapped animals

Do not attempt to release trapped animals found during a hike; instead,
report it to a park ranger or authorities. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Despite your desire to show mercy (especially in front of your children), don’t go near a trapped animal that you come run across during a hike. It probably will bite. The trap also may injure you as you try to free the animal.

Should you see a trapped animal – or traps of any kind on public lands – immediately report it to the park ranger or authorities. The trap probably has been illegally set.

Read more about day hiking with children in my guidebook Hikes with Tykes.