Feeding Animals

Please Don’t Feed The Animals


To protect you and wildlife here at The Great Outdoors, it is advised not to feed the animals. Wild animals overfed by handouts will sometimes lose their ability to hunt for their own food. This may cause them to starve when handouts are scarce and people go away for part of the year. The “junk” food often fed to the animals will also result in a poorly balanced diet.

Animals sometimes lose their fear of people. When given handouts, animals can become bold and aggressive. No matter how tame or friendly a wild animal may seem, its natural instinct is to get food. If your hand smells like food, it may bite your hand instead of the handout. Many wild animals carry contagious diseases that can be transmitted to people. Sometimes, as in the case of male deer approaching the mating season, a once friendly deer could very easily gore someone. The best thing is to just watch them from a distance.

Special note on deer: Although a favorite food for deer, corn ranks very low for nutritional value. It should really be called “deer candy”. Corn contains about 8 percent protein and is high in carbohydrates. They need a daily diet that contains 16 percent protein for optimum development. In some cases, if the deer corn is grown under stress, it produces a fungus in the corn than can make animals sick. This includes deer, turkeys, and waterfowl. In some cases, death will occur.


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Josiah Monk at Recreation Services for reservations on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

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