Alive and wild

Peo­ple re­minded to not feed the fox pop­u­la­tion in P.E.I. Na­tional Park

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - AD­VICE

Parks Canada is ad­vis­ing vis­i­tors and Is­landers that feed­ing foxes and other wildlife in Prince Ed­ward Is­land Na­tional Park is il­le­gal and harm­ful.

The min­i­mum fine for feed­ing wildlife in P.E.I. Na­tional Park is $275.

Through fo­cus­ing on com­mu­ni­ca­tion, com­pli­ance and en­force­ment, Parks Canada is work­ing to en­sure wildlife in the park does not be­come food- con­di­tioned and is ask­ing for sup­port from vis­i­tors and neigh­bours to en­sure that wildlife at­trac­tants and hu­man food do not get to wildlife.

Parks Canada says feed­ing foxes, for ex­am­ple, will cause them to be­come ha­bit­u­ated to hu­mans and to rely on hu­mans for food. As a re­sult, they can have trou­ble find­ing food and may starve de­spite the pres­ence of abun­dant nat­u­ral food sources.

Foxes that are fed along road­sides are also at a higher risk of be­ing in­jured or killed by ve­hi­cles.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Parks Canada in P.E.I., call 902672-6350 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pei.

GUARDIAN FILE PHOTO

This red fox is do­ing what wild foxes are sup­posed to do - catch their own food. In this Guardian file photo, a fox pounces on a field mouse that it wasted no time in eat­ing once it dug it out from its bur­row.

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