If you love the Hocking Hills, leave its wildlife wild and view it from a safe distance.
● There’s a great rule of thumb! Hold up your thumb and if you can cover the entire animal -- including its legs -- with your thumb, you’re at a safe distance.
● There are many salamanders and other small water creatures that you can easily crush killing adults, adolescents, and eggs.
● Never lure an animal with food. It puts both of you and the animal in danger and shortens their lifespan. A single taste of food conditions an animal to hunt for human food over foraging, changes their instinctive fear of humans, and causes them to become dangerously unpredictable.
Learn more about local hunting and fishing regulations here.
Photo by Renee Frederick