Great Smoky Mountains National Park Wildlife Watching

Most visitors understand that feeding wildlife is against the law, but many people do not realize that disturbing park wildlife is also a violation of federal regulations and can result in fines and arrest. The law protecting wildlife in the park is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations. It states that the "feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentional disturbing" of wildlife is prohibited. As a rule of thumb, if you approach an animal so closely that it changes its behavior, you have approached too closely. Use binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras with telephoto lenses to enjoy wildlife.

Watch for any modification in an animal's behavior. This indicates that you have approached too closely. Move away from the animal until you reach a distance at which the animal feels comfortable once again and resumes whatever activity it was engaged in before you approached. Never feed wildlife or bait animals for closer observation or photography. Feeding park wildlife usually guarantees its demise.

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.