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Due to the ongoing pandemic and quarantine measures around the world, people have been panicking and panic-shopping.
While our deer care not for the possible shortage of toilet paper, they do object strongly to people hoarding their daily bread.
We could consider baking our own, but then we'd need much more flour than our pantry holds at the moment, and people've been cleaning that up as well.
Junkie didn't take the news lightly:
Other hinds express doubt as to the reason for the sudden abysmal introduction of a gluten-free diet:
Hopefully, there will be no run on carrots, their second favorite treat. Guess what? You may have a beer fridge, we've got a deer fridge:
The rest of the carrot is in the shed. Still, our deer would like to ask fellow New Zealanders to chill and leave more bread on the shelves. :)
Deer eating bread and competing for it
In the following video, you can see for yourself how deerly the deer do love bread.
Deer love bread in all its shapes and forms, they will even lick bread crumbs of the ground. But that doesn't mean feeding big amounts of bread to wild animals is fine.
Wondering what other food deer might like to eat?
Read our overview post 'What do deer eat'.
Depending on where you live it may be illegal for you to do that.
Winter is a challenging time for deer, and a nature's way of culling the weaker herd members. (( As heartbreaking as that may be, supplemental feeding of them presents its own set of problems and according to many reputable sources can do more harm than good. Such as:
Where a few 🦌🦌 are today tomorrow can be a hundred 🦌🦌🦌🦌🦌 In deer world 'the word travels fast'. So more animals will burn their precious fat deposits hoping to come and dine at your sites. If they then arrive to an empty spot or there's only enough to feed half of them you may have made a bad situation worse;
Even if you succeed in saving more deer one winter through supplemental feeding, overpopulation of these animals does not benefit them in the end. Since you stop supplement feeding in spring, they're on their own but in bigger numbers than vegetation in the area can sustain. There will also be detrimental effect on the birds whose habitats deer eat away.
You can do this by creating and maintaining good quality deer habitat and improving food resources that will actually benefit all wildlife.
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Wondering what other foods deer love to eat? Read 'What do deer eat'.
Last modified 2022-09-17 at 12:41