Predatory wildlife poses such a risk to pets that many state and national parks, as well as wildlife refuges, will restrict dogs from certain areas of the park or not allow them at all on park grounds.
Kyle Patterson, public affairs officer for Rocky Mountain National Park explains that pets are prohibited on trails and in meadows and are only allowed in established parking lots, picnic areas and campgrounds at Rocky Mountain National Park. Other parks may have different rules about where dogs are allowed on park grounds.
“Pets can become prey for wildlife like coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats and great horned owls,” Patterson says.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD, and owner of California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness in Los Angeles, says if you take your dog camping, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times and not leave food out to attract any wildlife to your campsite.