Viewing Wildlife

Bald eagle: nature viewingEastern Kentucky offers spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities. Elk and black bear, eagles and peregrine falcons are making a comeback. But please respect these wild animals and help maintain high-quality wildlife viewing experiences for others in the future.

How Observing Good Wildlife Viewer Etiquette Benefits You and Wildlife

Your chances increase of getting a really good look at a wild animal, or a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

Wildlife will continue to use important habitat areas and produce more wildlife.

People who enjoy watching and photographing wildlife can sometimes harm wildlife unintentionally. Most animals react with alarm when approached by humans on foot or in any type of vehicle. Depending on the situation, an animal may remain, flee, or in some cases, attack.

Such reactions are stressful and cause the animal to expend energy. Although an animal might easily compensate for the energy cost of a single, short disturbance, prolonged or repeated disturbances may add up to higher costs than an animal can afford.

Repeated disturbance may cause wildlife to avoid an area, even if the area provides the best food, nesting site, or source of essential minerals. Even a single disturbance during nesting season might be harmful to sensitive species.

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Most trails do not meet accessibility standards for persons with disabilities.

Viewing Wildlife Areas

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities