Please, do not feed deer!
- Published: Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Did you know, deer have several adaptations that help them survive winter including:
- a thick winter coat of hollow hair;
- storage of fat through summer and fall for winter use; and
- reduced activity and slowed metabolism requiring less food.
Concentrating deer around feeders near homes causes a number of problems. Property damage in the Village increases by their browsing on ornamental shrubs and trees. They become a hazard to local traffic as they move to and from the feeding site. Domestic dogs will begin chasing and even killing deer or dogs can be injured or killed. Deer that are concentrated, regardless of snow depth, are also more susceptible to disease.
Please be a good neighbour and do not feed deer.