NIO EDITORIAL: Edwin Way Teale once made a statement, which we at NIO hope may help, put this issue into it’s proper perspective, for those who believe they are helping, when you are actually endangering their freedom, by feeding the wild animals “Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals ‘love’ them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”
by Graham McGeorge
My good friend and guide, CaptainTom O’Lenick has thirty years experience on the Silver River. Everyday he experiences situations like this, and I quote him after his trip yesterday “Twice saw folks in boats feeding them so close they did not realize that they were in danger. They do not think about the fact they are supplying the state with fuel to attempt to control The Monkeys instead of posting and enforcing not feeding them for public safety reasons.”
CaptainTom O’Lenick nails it in his above quote. You should never feed “ANY” wild animals. It is a death sentence!