Do Not Feed The Deer or Other Wildlife

 

Please do not feed the deer in town. There are a number of issues that come with feeding deer in town.

 - If you leave out food for deer, rabbits or birds, you may also be attracting the predatory animals that prey on these animals. Cougars, bears, coyotes and wolves follow deer and smaller prey species such as rabbits and game birds, so by feeding these animals, you could be bringing in predators inadvertently.

 - During the winter deer are adapted to lower their metabolic rate in order to conserve energy. Hence feeding deer with high nutritious food not targeted for them could create compaction which in turn overloads their digestive system and compromises their ability to feed efficiently. This process is well explained with the phrase: "they die full but starving” because their system cannot access, process and dispose effectively the overload of nutrients and fibers contained in this food.

 - Conditioned over-concentration: free food my attract deer at higher concentration than normal. When at higher concentrations the risk for intraspecies aggressive behaviors and the risk of disease transmission become very high.

- Depletion of the natural food supply faster: if deer get concentrated in higher numbers they will deplete the natural food supply in an area much faster.

-Travelling to free food might create sinks around roads and higher risk of collisions.

-Attracting deer to your yard may cause hassles to your neighbours

- Conditioned deer could appear "tame" and become aggressive toward small animals or even people, causing unnecessary conflict when they expect a handout.

If you have any questions, please contact:

 Kevin Heerema
Community Peace Officer
Director of Emergency Management
kevin.h@sundre.com
403-638-4707 Ext 109