Human handouts can harm wildlife

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Grand Junction, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind people that the best way to help hungry animals is to let them find their next meal on their own.

A law passed in 1992 made it illegal to feed big game animals like deer, elk, pronghorn, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions and bears. Feeding wildlife is bad for the animals and dangerous for people.

Deer and elk naturally spread out when grazing and browsing for food. Artificial feeding encourages them to crowd together making it easier to spread diseases around the herd.

Deer are also the primary prey of mountain lions and a large gathering of them can attract lions into neighborhoods, putting people and pets at risk.

Food from humans can lead to malnutrition, a disruption in natural migration patterns and sometimes death.

To report incidents of feeding or other illegal wildlife activity, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 970-255-6100.

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