Winter Feeding White-Tailed Deer

Feeding is generally detrimental for the health of deer and may have numerous negative consequences.

● Diseases and death resulting from the consumption of inappropriate food.

● Transmission of diseases and parasites at the feeding site : ingestion of food contaminated by saliva, urine and excrements.

● Poaching : feeding facilitates the killing of deer out of season at a short distance using small-calibre firearms.

● Domestication of deer : they lose their fear of and become dependent on humans for food.

● Abandoning of seasonal migratory behaviour.

● Presence of deer in environments that are less conducive to their survival, namely outside yards.

● Traffic accidents involving deer when feeding sites are located near roads.

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Source : MRNF


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Winter Feeding White-Tailed Deer

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