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Michigan dnr > watchable wildlife > tips for success > doing it right       print friendly version Wildlife Viewing Guide
  Wildlife Viewing | Using this Guide | Getting the Most from Your Trip | Doing It Right | Map InformationThough it appears "cute and cuddly," this red fox pup - like all wildlife - would not make a good pet.

Tips for Success: Doing It Right

Many people do not realize that wildlife viewing can be harmful to animals and ecosystems if it is not done properly. Most wildlife watchers are genuinely concerned about the plants and animals they are trying to observe. By following these few, simple guidelines, you can ensure a safe, healthy experience—for yourself and for wildlife.

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Keep your distance
       The goal of all wildlife watchers....
Let it be
       Chasing an animal may lead directly to its death....
You're not my mother

       It is fairly common to see young or "baby" animals....
Do unto others
       If you arrive at a site that already has other people....
Get permission
       Private land in Michigan is protected....
Stay on the trails
       At some wildlife viewing sites, visitors are encouraged to hike wherever they   
Leave it better than you found it
       Few things can spoil the atmosphere of an adventure in the great outdoors
Don't get bugged
       If you spend time outdoors in Michigan during late spring and summer....