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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.

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