Don’t feed the deer; Bend City Council passes resolution to raise awareness

The Bend City Council on Wednesday passed a resolution discouraging people from feeding deer and wildlife (excluding birds) – a first step to raise awareness before potentially fining offenders.

Councilors hope the resolution is enough to raise awareness and reduce the problem, but if the issue persists or worsens, the council could consider changing the Municipal Code to make feeding wildlife a civil infraction subject to a fine of up to $750.

“For myriad reasons, feeding deer and other wildlife is disfavored and leads to negative outcomes for both wildlife and humans,” according to the resolution. “The negative outcomes can include attracting predators that can create risk to humans and wildlife, damage to real property and personal property, facilitating the spread of disease and parasites, and damaging the health of wildlife by introducing food that wildlife are not adapted to digesting.”

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has more information:

 

 

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