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Near Woodland Park in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Don’t kill them with kindness

Feeding wild animals on the mountain does more harm than good.

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By Charles T. Harrell, July 1, 2011
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Inscription.  You can help the Peak’s wild animals by not feeding them. “Can one chip hurt?” you may wonder. Yes it can, when multiplied by 2,000 visitors per summer day. Then when the summer’s over, the animals are without their junk food fix.

Even “healthy” foods like grapes, can cause problems. A squirrel may store your handout with its winter food supply. If the grape turns moldy, it could ruin the animal’s caches of food.

Finally, for you own safety, it’s best not to feed wildlife. Mammals may have fleas that carry disease like the bubonic plaque. Also, ground squirrels may accidentally bite the hand that fees them. For everyone’s benefit, enjoy the wildlife by just watching or photographing them. By letting animals eat a natural diet they’ll be healthier and will sty wild.

Photo captions: The Yellow-Bellied Marmot, nicknamed “Whistle pigs,” eat insatiably in summer to store up body fat for their long winter hibernation. These chisel-toothed vegetarians gnaw on leaves and stalks of wild plants. Highly social and territorial, marmots form colonies of one male and a “harem” of females with litters

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of young. You might see them around Glen Cove or on the summit.

The least Chipmunk has many cousins on the mountain but you will recognize it by the dark brown and white stripes on its face extending from its nose to its ears. During the summer months, they store part of their food supply of seeds nuts, and berries found in abundance on Pikes Peak. They hibernate in winter and use the supply through the spring.
Location. 38° 52.534′ N, 105° 4.384′ W. Marker is near Woodland Park, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker can be reached from Pike's Peak Toll Road. Marker is located near the Glen Cove Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodland Park CO 80863, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Race to the Clouds (here, next to this marker); From Carriages to Corvettes (here, next to this marker); Amazing Pikes Peak Feats (here, next to this marker); Black (and sometimes brown) Bear (approx. 1.9 miles away); Tricky Affairs (approx. 1.9 miles away); Elk Country (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Look From The Top (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pike's Peak (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodland Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 34 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 8, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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