Of Munks and Men

Pavlov had a dog. And while dogs are welcome in the park (on leashes) we have other animals which are renown for being habitual as well: such as fish, chipmunks and deer.

There is a cute little chipmunk who’s days (until today) consisted of frolicking about: until 1:30pm when he would swing by to get a treat from his friend Angela!

Today Angela moved away but her little chipmunk buddy came and hungout for a half hour, waiting for his snack: he went home hungry.

Cheetos are delicious: but pinecones are better for me!

This kind of dependence on humans for food (while well intentioned) is unhealthy for the critters and can promote bad behavior among larger animals.

This is important to note as winter approaches. Animals become more and more eager to find food to make it through the winter and so can become aggressive after having been taught that humans will feed them.

We want the animals to become habitual foragers, not scavengers: so that they can find food on their own! This also helps them maintain a healthy diet (not human food) so they are better prepared to survive our harsh winters.

As the old saying goes: Give a chipmunk a Cheeto and he’ll eat for an afternoon, let a chipmunk find his own food and he’ll make it through the winter!

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1 Response to Of Munks and Men

  1. LifeInSumpter says:

    Great article and very good advice Kevin! This is the time of the year when we start thinking about our deer (those wonderful pests we’ve been working all summer to keep away from our gardens) and being able to wave goodbye as they migrate down the mountain for the winter. We like to stress to our visitors that if they are fed cheetos or marshmallows, or anything, they will get the impression that there will be food here for them all winter……which, of course, is not the case once the snow arrives….

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