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Mount Rainier National Park hosting wildlife educational event Aug. 6

MT. RAINIER - A special event, educating visitors to Mount Rainier National Park about wildlife, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park.

"Keep Wildlife Wild Day" focuses on protection of the park's wild, as well as educational opportunities.

Visitors will learn the importance of not feeding animals in the park.

"Biologists at Mount Rainier National Park have noticed a change in the natural behavior of the park's wildlife," say officials.

People have fed many of the animals at the park, leading them to be "food-conditioned."

Food-conditioned animals will seek people for food, steal from picnic areas, forage through trash cans and invade personal belongings.

By attracting animals via food, predators may also be drawn to human populated areas because their prey is nearby.

Also, animals that typically store food to survive may have more difficulty doing so because human food doesn't store well. This may cause the deaths of some animals.

Planned for the "Keep Wildlife Wild Day" are educational programs, presentations by rangers and biologists and activities for children.

For more information about Mount Rainier National Park or for directions, visit the park's website at http://www.nps.gov/mora or call 360-569-2211.

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