June 3, 2023

Don't Feed The Wild Animals

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Rep. Scott Lansley, (R) Sabbattus, Maine, has sponsored a bill, LD197, in Maine that would make it illegal to intentionally feed deer and wild turkeys. Not very many people are finding that a good bill.

The Lewiston Sun Journal has a story about how some people feel about the new proposed law. While the article speaks to some opposed the the new law and those who believe it necessary, there is very little if any science behind anyone’s claims that feeding wild animals during the winter is or is not harmful.

Although there has never been a law prohibiting the practice, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife discourages it.

Comments that follow the LSJ article, at least at the time of this writing, all were against the new proposed legislation.

It will be interesting to see where MDIFW lines up with this proposal. Even though they discourage people from supplemental feeding, they’ve never really pushed a law to stop it.

Tom Remington