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Traveling to California’s Parks

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on June 26, 2018 04:44

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It seems that people get upset when they get a citation for teasing and feeding wild animals in a national park.

During the summer months, I travel around and visit historical places and parks in California, and one trip to Yosemite was very interesting and educational.

As an example, while we were watching a group of deer and bears in a meadow, there was a man with two children trying to feed several deer. 

A car pulled up behind us, and a park ranger walked up to us and said, “Are you seeing what I am seeing?”

“Yes,” I said. “A man showing his children how he feeds a deer?”

“Lets see what the deer does,” the park ranger said. 

The man with children was reaching out to a deer with food in his hand. The deer slowly stretched his neck to take the food. When the deer opened his mouth for the food, the man pulled his hand back, and the deer pulled his head back, too. 

The man looked at his children and laughed. He again extended his hand with food in it to the deer, and when the deer open its mouth to take the food, the man pulled his hand back laughing. The deer just stood still, looking at the man and children.

The man extended his arm for the third time with food in it to the deer. The deer took several steps backward and then lunged at the man with his front hoofs pointing at the man but missed. The deer look at the man, again, and walked off. 

The park ranger went to his car and got his citation book and walked toward the man. The man and children were very upset that the deer attacked him and wanted the deer put down. 

The park ranger said, "I saw what happened, and I am taking care of it right now." The park ranger wrote a citation to the man for feeding and teasing the parks animals.  

The park ranger came back to our car laughing. He said that the man thought that I would put down the deer for attacking him and was surprised when he got the citation for feeding and teasing the deer. 

It seems that people, like this man, get very upset when they get a citation for feeding and teasing park animals. All through the park there are signs stating that it’s against the law to feed and tease the the animals. And there are signs warning the animals not to take any food from human-beings, it could be dangerous to their health. 

As I said, a visit to Yosemite can be interesting and educational. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on June 26, 2018 04:44

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