Reasons Not to Feed Deer

Deer © Chris Ruggiero
Deer © Chris Ruggiero

People often believe that by providing an alternative food, such as hay, the deer will be discouraged from eating shrubs. This is rarely the case. They will eat what is offered and move on to the shrubs to add variety to their diet.

It is dangerous to the deer, as well as humans, to encourage deer to visit yards. This is especially in suburban areas where the deer often have to cross over busy roads, putting themselves and drivers at risk.

In addition, deer are not able to digest the corn and pellets often fed to them by people. While they don’t receive nutrients, they do feel full causing them to stop eating more beneficial foods.