All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Eastern Chipmunk</strong>
<em>Tamias striatus</em>
Chipmunks are perky little rodents with "racing stripes"! I was happy to find one sitting still long enough to get a photo of it! The stripes on its sides are a form of camouflage. Like many ...
Eastern Chipmunk
Tamias striatus
Chipmunks are perky little rodents with "racing stripes"! I was happy to find one sitting still long enough to get a photo of it! The stripes on its sides are a form of camouflage. Like many of the other wild animals at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, it was unafraid of people. Unfortunately, when people feed animals they lose their fear and often expect handouts. Feeding wild animals, no matter how small, cute and cuddly they may be, is dangerous for the "feeder" and the "feedee". It is unhealty for the animal to eat human food. Many rodents store food for the winter in their dens. If they take junk food, like potato chips or cheese puffs, back to the den it will rot, then when the animal needs it during the winter there is no food to eat. Feeding wild animals will eventually kill them! Some larger animals will expect to be fed and may become aggressive. Bears become a problem if they are fed, often they must be relocated (or worse!). Park Rangers say, "A fed bear is a dead bear." In some parts of the country small rodents can can transmit the Hanta virus and the Bubonic plague.

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