Squirrel Safety PSA National Parks Service
Squirrel Safety PSA National Parks Service

Another hilarious PSA from the folks at the National Park Service, this time they have issued warning to the public about the danger of squirrels.

While squirrels are mostly harmless, the NPS provided us with the humorous reminder that “squirrel bites originate at the front, or bitey end, of the squirrel.” The point they are really trying to communicate is to not approach wildlife of any kind, whether it be squirrels or some of the larger species in our parks like elk or bison.

Although it may feel flattering, (well, aren’t you the animal whisperer) if any kind of wildlife approaches you, back away and maintain that safe distance. -NPS

National Parks Service Squirrel Warning:

Most squirrel bites originate at the front, or “bitey end,” of the squirrel. Keep reading for more squirrel facts.⁣

-Squirrels can be cute and fluffy, therefore, people like to have them get close, but that cuteness fades away rapidly after a quick bite to the hand. (Also true for humans.)⁣

-Squirrel bites are one of the most common injuries at parks. True story.⁣

-Feeding human food to any wildlife is bad for them and makes them fearless and potentially aggressive. (Might be the sugar?)⁣

-When people offer, or drop more food (and water), squirrels start to realize that humans are “the source”. As we became the place that food and water came from, squirrels can get all too comfortable getting close and pushing boundaries. When did you last see your backpack? ⁣

-Squirrels may not know better, but YOU do. Although it may feel flattering, (well, aren’t you the animal whisperer) if any kind of wildlife approaches you, back away and maintain that safe distance. It’s your responsibility and your safety —help us keep wildlife wild.⁣

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