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Understanding winter feeding of wild ungulates (hoofed mammals and include elk, moose, deer and sheep) — 3 Comments

  1. It doesn’t say in the article above, but I understand that for a regular, ordinary citizen such as myself, it is not legal to feed the wild ungulates. I had an unwelcome, self invited yearling feeding off my spring flower garden one year and the poor deer died from the sudden change of diet. But my main point is, I don’t think people should be voluntarily feeding the critters.

  2. There is a natural cycle with animals. When the food is plenty they are healthy and multiply naturally, but when the season and the food is not plentiful, the weaker animals in the wild, become diseased and die and the stronger genes prevail. We should not interfere with this natural action by interfering and feeding the weak and sickly. Because, natural foods may not be plentiful, they may try foods which will make them ill or kill them , if they aren’t killed on the roads due to overpopulation. In the prairies the rabbits naturally die off every seven years and their predators then die off expotentially, naturally keeping their numbers down as well. We musn’t interfere by feeding.The animals also then have no fear of man and become a menance to themselves, ie, death on highways. A rare sighting of a buck in nature is a pleasure but to many bucks is a hazard to everyone. ps , our bylaws prohibit the feeding of deer and bears.