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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Feed Wildlife

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Wildlife animals are enjoyable to watch. If you have them near your home, you may like to see them in your yard. Unfortunately, your yard is not a safe place for wildlife animals to be. If your yard has become the favorite resting spot for the local wildlife, you need to clear the area. Here are six reasons why you shouldn't feed wild animals and turn your yard into a wildlife sanctuary.

1. Causes Wildlife Animals to Lose Their Natural Fear

Wildlife animals are much safer when they maintain a healthy level of fear, especially regarding humans. When wildlife animals venture into yards, they begin to lose their natural fear, especially once they find you offer them food.
If you feed the wildlife that comes into your yard, or if they find easy access to your trash cans, they increase their visits. Once wildlife animals learn that they can be fed by humans, they get more aggressive in their tactics.
Wild animals that have lost their natural fear often wander into situations that put them in harm's way. Wayward animals may venture into traffic or other areas looking for food that can lead to injuries or death. Wild animals can also be at risk for injuries once they're labeled as a nuisance. Officials often have no other choice but to put down a wild animal once they become a nuisance.

2. Undermines a Healthy Diet for Wildlife

Wild animals may enjoy the treats they find in your backyard, but human food can destroy their digestive tract. Food designed for human consumption usually doesn't contain the proper nutrients for wild animals. Scavenging through dumpsters and trash bins can leave wild animals with malnutrition.
Not only that, but once wild animals find out how easy it is to acquire food from their backyard visits, they no longer want to put the effort into hunting for their meals.

3. Leads to Overpopulation of Wildlife

Wildlife animals tend to go where the food is located. They may not roam in packs, but they will follow other animals when an available food source is found. If you have wildlife dining in your yard, others will follow.
Without proper intervention, you'll end up with more wildlife than you can handle, which will lead to overpopulation. When an area becomes saturated with wildlife, the animals must fight for available food sources and disease becomes more prevalent.

4. Increases Your Risk of Injury

Wild animals pose a serious risk to your safety. Animals that have lost their natural fear may try to venture into your home and become aggressive when they're not allowed. Animals may also become hostile and aggressive when food isn't readily available. Not only that, but you can sustain injuries when animals begin to fight for dominance in your yard.

5. Domestic Animals Are at Risk

Wildlife animals don't recognize pets. When a wildlife animal comes in contact with a domestic animal, they either see a meal or a threat. In either case, the domestic animal is at risk. If you have pets, they're at risk from the wild animals that venture through your yard. Even a raccoon can harm your pets.

6. It's Against the Law

If you feed the wildlife during the winter, you might be breaking the law. In many parts of the country, it's illegal to set up feed stations for local wildlife. If you have decided to provide food during the winter months, check with local wildlife officials first.
Winter is coming, and the wildlife will be on the lookout for fresh food supplies. If you have a wildlife problem in your yard, contact us at OakRidge Wildlife Control for help. We can remove the animals and provide you with tips on how to prevent their return.