Why are dogs and other pets prohibited at Nachusa Grasslands, including the Visitor Center?
Nachusa Grasslands is a preserve set aside for native species, rather than for recreation. Rare and even endangered ground–nesting birds and reptiles both breed and winter here. Pets can disturb these species and are therefore not allowed.
Keep in mind that dogs easily pick up the scent of other animals. They are instinctively predatory so they can naturally locate or pursue the wildlife. Pets can also introduce unwanted parasites and disease to Nachusa's native animal population.
Dogs and Coyotes
Many coyotes call Nachusa home and the preserve is their safe space. During the spring and summer months coyote pups are born and reared. A dog near the den site may be perceived as a direct threat. Dogs are seen by coyotes as:
Contact Nachusa Grasslands regarding bringing service animals to the preserve.