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Feeding Wildlife

The feeding of native wildlife is generally not encouraged as it can have some very negative impacts on the health of many native animals. The feeding of processed human foods like bread and honey can make native animals very sick and even cause death in some cases.

Native animals that are fed routinely can also develop a dependency on the food source and become too lazy to forage and hunt for their own food. This can lead to additional health problems and obesity.

Feeding native wildlife can also contribute to an unnatural increase in population numbers and result in higher densities of particular animals in one area. If the food source is stopped these animals will not be able to support themselves.

Increased number of animals also leads to increased noise and fighting between individual animals and different species. Hygiene and cleanliness can also become a problem where large numbers of animals are gathering and leaving behind unwanted deposits.

Your Best Alternative to Feeding Wildlife

If you want to attract native animals into your backyard to watch them feed and to give them a helping hand with finding food, the best thing you can do is to plant local native plants in your garden. By planting a mix of plant species that provides a range of flowers, fruits, seeds and attracts insects throughout the year, you can enjoy watching wildlife in your backyard all year round for free.  There are also other backyard features such as a bird bath and frog pond that will attract wildlife.  

For more tips on how to attract wildlife to your backyard, check out our Bringing your Garden to Life page.

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While completing each of the other activities and whenever you are out in your backyard, always keep an eye out for native animals using different parts of your backyard.
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