Please Don’t Litter In Our National Parks
As I was returning to my car from a view area just before the summit of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, Montana, I looked down and saw this adorable little squirrel munching on that icky discarded tissue as if it was starving. I moved a little closer, hoping it would let go of the tissue and skeedaddle, but it didn’t move. Heaven only knows what that tissue will do to its internal system. This is a good example of why people should NOT litter in the national parks (or anywhere, for that matter), and adhere to the tenet of packing out what you pack in. On this particular day, I picked up a discarded chapstick tube, a paper coffee cup and a hair comb.
Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.
One response to “Please Don’t Litter In Our National Parks”
I completely agree, Becky. The thoughtless contamination of our parks and recreation areas with trash is disturbing. I know some trash pollution is accidental, but too much of it is purposeful. I’ve even seen mothers leave disposable diapers behind.
I do not know what it is about tissues, paper napkins and paper towels that animals like; but I expect they are attracted by the smell left by food, etc. I know our small dog will grab any unguarded tissue, paper towel or paper napkin and does not easily give those up. However, as far as we can tell, these pass through the dogs digestive system with no ill effects. However, the dog is around us and no doubt can pick up any dangerous bacteria that we have, anyway. This is not the case with wild animals, so thank you for reminding us to be more careful in the wild.