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Over fifty years of feeding deer at Powers Farm January 2, 2019 Maine, Sun Journal 
... Dozens of deer were showing up. Several cars slowly pulled up...  She has been lucky enough to enjoy these up close and personal winter visitors since she was a child...

CWD Detected In Teton County, Do Elk Feed Grounds Need To Go? December 21, 2018 Wyoming, Wyoming Public Media
... "Creating these dense concentrations seasonally for elk literally creates a feeding ground for things like brucellosis and now CWD," ... the Laramie Peak Elk Herd is free roaming ... 

Deer corn can kill neighborhood whitetails December 14, 2018 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
... Deer may succumb to acidosis, or grain overload, when they eat a lot of readily digestible carbohydrates... The first stomach shuts down, resulting in dehydration, diarrhea, hypertension, incoordination and death. Carcasses are found with stomachs filled with corn...

Environmentalists: Plan to reduce elk feeding is overdue December 8, 2018 Wyoming, Fresno Bee
... Winter feeding of elk in the area began in 1910 to help them survive the winter and keep them from eating ranchers' hay in the Jackson area ... Earthjustice said [chronic wasting disease] could spread easily among elk that bunch together to eat the alfalfa pellets ...

Mississippi: Wildlife Group Wants Ban on Supplemental Deer Feeding December 4, 2018 AgFax 
... With the discovery of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Pontotoc and Issaquena Counties, and the frequency that CWD is now being discovered in Mississippi, the Mississippi Wildlife Federation is strongly urging the Wildlife Commission to impose a statewide ban on supplemental feeding of white-tailed deer and other wildlife...

Axle, They 'invaded.' They're destroying yards. But this Texas town says they can stay August 18, 2018 Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)
... Residents and city officials say deer have always roamed Azle, but a recent homebuilding spree wiped out their habitat... Azle City Manager Tom Muir said he and Police Chief Rick Pippins will not recommend the city ban deer feeding...

It’s Fawning Season June 20, 2018 New York, DEC News
... Fawn survival is heavily influenced by habitat quality, and those fawns that have good hiding cover and quality forage have the odds in their favor.   You can improve habitat for fawns on your lands by promoting native forbs in fields and forests...

Ban deer feeding, baiting to combat 'zombie deer' disease June 8,  2018 Michigan, Detroit Free Press
...  should be banned across all of the Lower Peninsula to help stop the alarming spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is recommending ... The disease is passed from deer to deer through infected animals' saliva, urine and feces — making bait and feeding piles problematic ...

... The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission ended the ban in Tensas, Madison and East Carroll parishes Thursday, after state biologists reported that they haven’t found any sign in Louisiana of a fatal brain infection [chronic wasting disease] found in a deer near the state line in Mississippi...

‘Don't feed the deer' bill moves forward May 11, 2018 New Jersey, New Jersey Herald 
... The Senate version (S2419) ... will make it illegal to feed whitetail deer, except as bait for hunting ... 
Deer feeding bill gets massive makeover, passes Senate May 3, 2018 Illinois, Outdoornews
... Senate Bill 2493, which originally stated “a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Wildlife Code when not in active deer hunting season . . .” was amended on Tuesday to become a call for a study on feeding wild deer by the University of Illinois...

Conservation group aims to save one deer at a time April 18, 2018 Maine, Fiddlehead Focus
... Aroostook County Conservation Association ... “A large part of what we do involves habitat improvement projects such as the planting of food plots which are strategically located throughout The County,” ... When winter conditions make the plots unavailable, the group offers the deer limited amounts of supplemental food consisting of a 50-50 blend of oats and barley...

... State Sen. Chapin Rose recently told lawmakers in Springfield that there are veterinarians who say feeding deer outside of hunting season will help keep the animals healthy... They voted to approve the plan ...

  Randolph County woman is the ‘Deer Whisperer’ April 11, 2018 North Carolina, WGHP
... Affectionately called "Baby Girl" the favorite deer has been visiting Allen's home ever since it was an orphan fawn...



... This is a very secluded forest in northern Ontario where the deer are protected and cannot be hunted ... The people in this area feed the deer occasionally, especially during very harsh winters...

We visited a deer feeding station in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula and even though they were leery because I was there with all my equipment ....I still lost count at 50....It was definitely a great experience. - March 11, 2018


... planted Bitter Brush, Service Berries and Sage Brush.  Seeds for the plants were purchased from proceeds of a fundraiser ... "We fed deer here in '08, we fed deer here last year in '17," ...

Enhance Deer Habitat February 14, 2018 New York, DEC News
... February is a great month for habitat management projects that involve cutting trees to provide new food and cover for deer and other wildlife... Felling trees for firewood or forest thinning makes the tops immediately available to deer.  Later, stump sprouts and new plant growth caused by the gap in the tree canopy may provide additional browse opportunities..,

Manitoulin, Trail breaking to allow deer access to food sources encouraged February 9, 2018 Ontario, manitoulin.ca
...  it has been a good winter for deer on Manitoulin, with less of an overabundance of snow ... “People can break trails for deer to access food and take down cedar trees and bushes for deer to eat.” ...

How Does Toxic Bait Affect Deer February 2, 2018 Texas,  Bowhunting
... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow feeds testing more than 20 parts per billion of aflatoxins to be fed to dairy cattle or in grain products chosen for human consumption... grains exceeding those toxicity levels can be sold as wildlife feeds ... Texas A&M researchers tested 100 samples of such feeds, they found 44 percent contained aflatoxins exceeding 20 parts per billion, and 20 percent were at 100 parts per billion and higher...

... McMahon’s operation about 45 miles north of Bangor in Piscataquis County – feeding as many as 200 deer a day – has become a bit of a social-media sensation... the 71-year-old McMahon created the Facebook page called the “Brownville Deer Food Pantry,” ...

Deer feeding rules don't mesh with outdoors writer's observations January 25, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...Recreational feeding is different from baiting. Baiters attract deer to a food pile (corn, grain, apples, etc.) for the purpose of hunting them. It’s illegal in Minnesota. Recreation feeding is legal, except in [see map] ... The reason? Some captive deer (those in an enclosure) had verified cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...
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"....some of the bad ones people might try are corn or hay. Those can have a really bad impact. Having that much corn or hay in their stomach at one time, their stomachs aren't equipt to break that down and in the end it can cause toxic levels and have them die that way...."

... When a deer’s diet changes abruptly, so does its GI tract’s pH and microflora. Someone dumping out 50-pound bags of low-fiber, high-carb food like corn or even alfalfa hay can cause deer to develop acute acidosis and severe bloating in their gut...


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