In the midst of a fire season in the park, a few of us are taking a more proactive approach to keeping an eye out for the fire-prone plants and animals that inhabit this natural resource.
It’s important to note that we’re not here to burn them, just monitor for them.
The National Park Service’s National Forest Service is home to some of the most iconic natural landmarks in the country, like the Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone National Parks.
But, the agency also hosts a lot of other plants and wildlife that aren’t so popular among the general public, like mountain lions, grizzlies, raccoons, deer, owls, and other wildlife.
One of the first things that we notice when we’re out and about is that we find a lot more wild animals than we expected.
We see raccoos and cougars, for instance, but we also see a variety of animals, including squirrels and foxes.
The National Park’s Animal Resource Management (ARMM) program is designed to keep these species in check.
While there are some parks that have some areas that are protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), most of the National Forest is in the United States, so there are no laws against killing any animals for sport.
But the parks that aren, like Sequoia National Park in California and Zion National Park near Zion, Utah, have strict rules about how many animals a person may kill or take to the park for sport or food.
The park’s official policy says that you must never kill an animal for food, and if you see a raccoon or cougar, please do not kill it.
“If you see an animal in the wild that you think is dangerous, please let us know and we’ll work with you to find the appropriate resources,” the ARMM website states.
While you can’t actually kill any wild animals, you can get a lot out of monitoring wildlife for the parks, says Roberta Guevara, who works for the National Park Conservation Association.
“It gives you a sense of the diversity of wildlife and the habitats that exist within the park,” she says.
“We have to make sure that we are aware of these animals, and it’s important for us to monitor them in order to keep the forest healthy.”
The Forest Service has a few other programs that can help you monitor wildlife for you, like Wild Animal Monitoring, which is a way to get detailed information on the animals that you see in the parks.
“This is the only program where you can actually track animals that are in the area,” Guecara says.
The program uses satellite imagery to provide you with information on how much vegetation there is in an area, as well as how many wildlife species live there.
You can also call the National Wildlife Safety Hotline to report wildlife sightings or sightings of wildlife.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of the animals in your park, you’ll also want to make certain that you’re not killing them yourself.
The US Forest Service doesn’t track how many people kill animals in its parks, but they do track how much people consume.
“You have to be careful about the type of food that you eat, but I would definitely recommend eating a plant-based diet,” Guesara says, because “the animals that live in the forest need protein, so it’s really important to feed those animals, too.”
When it comes to monitoring wild animals in the forests, there are many options available.
If there’s an open area in the woods that you can watch wildlife from, you should consider hiring a professional to help you find the right information.
The most popular and convenient option is to hire a park ranger.
If the ranger isn’t on duty, you’re able to watch from your phone.
Another option is calling the park’s wildlife hotline, which can help answer questions like, “Where do I find wildlife that’s threatened?” and “What’s my role in the wildlife management program?”
If you need help finding your way around a park, the National Parks Conservation Association’s National Park Guide is an invaluable resource.
You can also follow the Forest Service’s Wild Animals on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, where they post frequently updated information about the animals and their habitats.
This post originally appeared on Quartz.