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Keep your snacks to yourself
Wildlife can find their own food.

While it may seem helpful to share snacks with wildlife, feeding wild animals does much more harm than good and is illegal for many species. When you feed wild animals, they begin to associate human beings with food, which causes them to harass humans for more. These animals may become beggars and nuisances, causing property damage and harm to humans. Animals can become aggressive when seeking food, which can result in injury or death for humans. They may also begin to lose their natural scavenging abilities, making them more susceptible to predators.

A gull with a sea star in its mouth.

A western gull snacks on a sea star.

Photo: NOAA

In the end, it’s the animal that often pays the price for our attempts to help. For the safety of people and wildlife please keep your snacks to yourself!

Fish eating algae from turtle shell

A green sea turtle visits a turtle cleaning station where fish eat algae and parasites from its shell.

Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

A bird with a crab in its mouth

A white ibis catches a crab.

Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

Additional Resources

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Take the Pledge

Respect. Protect. Enjoy.