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  •  We just put a bowl of birdseed on the porch (5+ / 0-)

    A young mule deer doe walked up the back steps to get on the porch, along the west side of the house, and all the way across the front of the house to get to it.

    By the time I turned on the porch light, she had cleaned out the bowl, and we stood and stared at each other for about 5 minutes, separated by a pane of glass, but about 4 feet apart.

    As to garden - they cleaned that out this summer, everything from strawberry plants to hollyhocks. I don't know why - it's the first time that's happened, and there was plenty of other food around. But only one of them likes the clover we planted for them.

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    by badger on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:34:07 AM PST

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    •  please don't feed wildlife (0+ / 0-)

      thank  you.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:21:15 PM PST

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      •  There's no problem (1+ / 0-)
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        with a little treat now and then, or when the weather is especially bad. The only trouble would be if you do it so often they start to depend on you.

        I've fed birds for years and naturally every other creature great and small around here knows it. That's why the feeders are so close to the house, but even that doesn't stop the freeloaders.

        Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

        by Pariah Dog on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:55:55 AM PST

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      •  I feed the birds in winter (1+ / 0-)
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        but I agree with you.  It may be well intentioned, but it messes with things - and has repercussions you don't envision.  I found this out for myself - I put out food for a doe and twins one extremely harsh winter - in Vermont - that can be pretty harsh.  It was big mistake as I found.  By the end of the winter a couple dozen deer traversed daily through deep snow from  their deer yards at the promise of food.  It put them in danger, and harsh as it may sound, it doesn't help them to survive during the winter if they normally wouldn't.  More deer surviving, means more fawns, and a larger deer population.  The carrying capacity gets strained, and more deer will starve the next winter.  I meant to help my little family of deer, but I realized, I was messing with nature and it wasn't good for them.

    •  They're like kids, dogs and cats (0+ / 0-)

      They always want what they know they're not supposed to have.

      Or, depending on where you live, they might have known it was going to be a hard winter.

      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

      by Pariah Dog on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:15:24 AM PST

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