THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our mission: To protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.

Q - Is it okay to feed wildlife?

NO – by leaving food available for wildlife intentionally or unintentionally (e.g. pet food, garbage, fruit trees, hay, koi ponds) you are interfering with their natural foraging and are artificially increasing what the local environment provides for them – which can cause a population imbalance. The wild animals may also lose their fear of people which can increase their chances of being injured or killed. Wildlife can also spread and catch diseases much easier when they are gathering unnaturally such as at feeders. If you enjoy bird feeding, please use squirrel-proof feeders, clean feeders weekly, and ensure that the feeders are inaccessible to outdoor cats. If you feed hummingbirds in the winter, you must be able to defrost the feeder and any solution daily if required, to ensure they always have available nectar since they are now dependant on the feeder for the season.

 

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