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Don't Feed Bambi:

Post  WardinWake on 8/30/2010, 1:24 pm

Howdy Folks:

An article in today's paper stated that as of September it will be illegal to feed wild deer in Virginia. Gardeners everywhere are probably saying, duh, what? People feed them on purpose? It seems so. The article goes on to say the it can be dangerous to both people and the deer. It is especially dangerous for the deer if I see them in my garden!

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Re: Don't Feed Bambi:

Post  martha on 8/30/2010, 4:59 pm

Someone was sitting at the bar in my restaurant talking about feeding a bear she met in the woods. I was telling her how dangerous it was for the bear (since she obviously doesn't have the sense to worry about herself!) I told her that it was a good way to get the bear killed, because it would get too accustomed to humans and cause problems. She kept saying, "but it was so cute" and I said once or twice "but you will end up causing it to be destroyed".

'Course, the conversation was in my restaurant, so I had to drop it.

Short story long, I don't know about feeding the deer leading to getting the deer killed, but it can't be good for its survival skills.

What is the basis for making it illegal?
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Post  WardinWake on 8/30/2010, 8:16 pm

@martha wrote:Someone was sitting at the bar in my restaurant talking about feeding a bear she met in the woods. I was telling her how dangerous it was for the bear (since she obviously doesn't have the sense to worry about herself!) I told her that it was a good way to get the bear killed, because it would get too accustomed to humans and cause problems. She kept saying, "but it was so cute" and I said once or twice "but you will end up causing it to be destroyed".

'Course, the conversation was in my restaurant, so I had to drop it.

Short story long, I don't know about feeding the deer leading to getting the deer killed, but it can't be good for its survival skills.

What is the basis for making it illegal?

Quoting from the article... "The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the ban is intended to curb the negative consequences of feeding deer, such as unnaturally increasing population numbers and making deer less wild. That can lead to damage to natural habitats, disease transmission and human-deer conflicts, including vehicle collisions with the animals. Feeding deer can cause wildlife to lose their fear of humans. When many deer are using a feeding area, the possibility of spreading and maintaining disease among animals increases. Feeding can cause a rapid change in a deer's diet that can leave the animal unable to digest the new food. If feeding deer does increase the number of deer that would otherwise survive, the number of deer might increase beyond what the local habitat can support".

God Bless, Ward and Mary.
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Post  martha on 8/31/2010, 12:56 pm

way to go
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