Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

After The Fires: Please Don't Feed The Wild Animals

Date:
November 26, 2003
Source:
University Of California Davis
Summary:
Feeding wild animals in Southern California's recently burned areas won't help the creatures and may even put them and people in danger, says a UC Davis wildlife expert with extensive research experience in the region.

Feeding wild animals in Southern California's recently burned areas won't help the creatures and may even put them and people in danger, says a UC Davis wildlife expert with extensive research experience in the region.

Related Articles


Walter Boyce is co-director of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and has been studying deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions in the Cuyamaca-Borrego area for many years. He said that setting out hay and grain for deer could:

* Cause deer to linger in still-green yards instead of dispersing to unburned or recovering natural areas, which are plentiful, despite appearances to the contrary. This could lead to disease and injuries.

* Make deer sick by filling them with unfamiliar foods that they are not able to digest or benefit from nutritionally.

* Lure deer predators -- mountain lions -- dangerously close to easier prey, such as people, livestock, hobby animals such as llamas and goats, and pets such as cats and dogs. In California, when a mountain lion is deemed a threat to people or hunts domestic animals, it typically is killed.

For these and other reasons, feeding wildlife is illegal. "But I'm seeing that feeding deer is already widespread around Julian," Boyce said. "This could be bad for people and bad for animals."

The best thing people can do for all the animals in burned areas is leave them alone, Boyce said. "There still are areas that provide food, water and cover, and the wild animals can and will find them. The fire and resulting new growth will dramatically improve the habitat for deer and many other species. The land will actually support more animals after the fire than before."

###

Web Links to additional Information:

Wildlife Health Center's projects in Southern California: - http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/whc/Programs.html#SCEHP Colorado Desert District Parks - http://www.statepark.org/ Anza-Borrego Foundation - http://theabf.org/


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of California Davis. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of California Davis. "After The Fires: Please Don't Feed The Wild Animals." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 November 2003. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125073639.htm>.
University Of California Davis. (2003, November 26). After The Fires: Please Don't Feed The Wild Animals. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 29, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125073639.htm
University Of California Davis. "After The Fires: Please Don't Feed The Wild Animals." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031125073639.htm (accessed November 29, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Plants & Animals News

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Research on Bats Could Help Develop Drugs Against Ebola

Research on Bats Could Help Develop Drugs Against Ebola

AFP (Nov. 28, 2014) In Africa's only biosafety level 4 laboratory, scientists have been carrying out experiments on bats to understand how virus like Ebola are being transmitted, and how some of them resist to it. Duration: 01:18 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
New Dinosaur Species Found in Museum Collection

New Dinosaur Species Found in Museum Collection

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 27, 2014) A British palaeontologist has discovered a new species of dinosaur while studying fossils in a Canadian museum. Pentaceratops aquilonius was related to Triceratops and lived at the end of the Cretaceous Period, around 75 million years ago. Jim Drury has more. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Tryptophan Isn't Making You Sleepy On Thanksgiving

Tryptophan Isn't Making You Sleepy On Thanksgiving

Newsy (Nov. 27, 2014) Tryptophan, a chemical found naturally in turkey meat, gets blamed for sleepiness after Thanksgiving meals. But science points to other culprits. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Classic Hollywood Memorabilia Goes Under the Hammer

Classic Hollywood Memorabilia Goes Under the Hammer

Reuters - Entertainment Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) The iconic piano from "Casablanca" and the Cowardly Lion suit from "The Wizard of Oz" fetch millions at auction. Sara Hemrajani reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Plants & Animals

Earth & Climate

Fossils & Ruins

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins