Pigeon River & Beyond - Back Country Horsemen, Michigan

6.  Respect All Wildlife

  • Horseback riding is one way persons with a disability can observe wildlife up close as opposed to other forms of transportaion which scares many animals.  Never approach to close. This elk was not disturbed when riders on horseback passed by.
  • We should  try to avoid times when wildlife is sensitive, such as in the spring when birthing or guarding their young, and  in the fall when mating and foraging for food. Never approach or touch young animals in the wild, their mothers will abandon them.
  •  Control pets at all time, always check with officials to see if pets are allowed on the trails
  •   Never feed wild animals.  Feeding endangers their health, alters natural  behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
 Store food and Trash
  • All human, pet and stock food should be securely stored in the appropriate manner for the territory you are riding in. 
  • Consult local land managers for proper storage methods.
  • Practice leaving no trace of food or trash on the trail or in camp and pack out all garbage to avoid habituating wildlife to where they become dangerous.