Feeding wildlife

Feeding wild animals may do more harm than good.

Whether you are unintentionally feeding bears by leaving birdseed out along the trails, or intentionally feeding ducks at Gillies Lake, providing food to wild animals does more harm than good.

Threats to wildlife:

  • Animals can become dependent on artificial food sources.
  • Animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict.
  • Artificial feed, of ANY kind, is not healthy for wildlife.
  • Wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed. This concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat.
  • Artificial food supplies can cause animals to produce larger families. This can lead to starvation when natural food sources can’t support their increased numbers.

Threats to people:

  • Feeding wildlife may attract “unwanted” animals to your property.
  • Animals will learn to associate humans with food, and can become a problem to neighbours.
  • Habituated animals can become aggressive.
  • Feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, resulting in property damage, injury or death.

The bird feeders at Hersey Lake have been removed in consideration of these threats to both people and animals.