Human intervention into the diets of deer, geese, and bear
in particular pose serious problems with wildlife management.
Feeding Deer lures too many deer into an area with insufficient
food. When the handouts end (often in winter) there is not enough food for the
deer to survive. Plus, most food provided does not supply appropriate nutrients
and leads to unhealthy animals.
Feeding geese coaxes geese to stay in their summer range year
round. When natural food sources disappear in winter, geese depend completely
on people for food. Feeding geese can cause them to become dependent on handouts
after only three years. Also, a large concentration of geese creates an increase
in droppings. This unsanitary accumulation can raise bacterial levels in streams
and lakes that can cause health concerns.