Safely study the wildlife

Department of Fish and Wildlife offers family safety tips

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging families to practice safety while exploring the state’s wildlife and ecological preserves during the summer break. Included in that advice:

• Research the area before you go.

• Let friends or family members know where you will be and for how long.

• Layering clothes may be necessary for sun protection or cool mornings.

• Bring plenty of water and carry a daypack for food and snacks.

• Avoid strenuous activities during the heat of the day.

• Wildlife areas have bugs, so be aware of mosquitoes, ticks and bees.

• Carry a small first-aid kit and use sunscreen.

• Do not feed the wildlife.

• Dispose of trash properly, carry it out if there are no receptacles.

• Leave plants, rocks and historical items as you find them.