Archive for July 21st, 2010

State Parks Myth #3–Too Many Scary Animals

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

[Snippet from The Wizard of Oz–05 “…any wild animals? We might.”]

Don’t be afraid of the wildlife you might meet at Texas state parks. Wildlife viewing is a treat, not a terror, as our SP guide, Bryan Frazier, explains.

What we want to encourage people to remember is, the outdoors are typically much, much safer that what they’re getting in the urban environment.

True, state parks are some of the last frontiers of green space and wide open spaces and natural habitat, and there are wildlife critters—everything from deer, to coyotes and things in our state parks, but that’s really an opportunity to view those.

And with just a modest amount of precautions and safety—almost all encounters with wildlife are positive. It is the rare exception that there is anything that’s negative, and usually that involves human error.

So, we want people to enjoy the outdoors and be safe, and there’s absolutely no reason to be intimidated by the outdoors or the wildlife that you’ll see. It’s something that can actually enhance your experience.

And when you leave the park, I think you’ll have a greater enjoyment and understanding of just what we do have in Texas.

Thanks, Bryan.

Start planning your next state park getaway when you log onto the Texas and Wildlife website.

That’s our show for today…We record our series at the Production Block Studios in Austin, Texas…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.