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Fish and Game urges residents: Don’t feed deer.

December 22, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Leave a carrot for Rudolph if you must, but the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is warning residents to otherwise avoid feeding deer this winter.

Deer Biologist Dan Bergeron says deer have changed their activity patterns and might be more visible to people, but that they don’t need supplemental food. He says being fed by people can harm deer in numerous ways. For example, he says 12 deer that were found dead in South Hampton in 2015 died because they were fed food their digestive systems couldn’t process properly.

Feeding deer also draws them away from specialized habitats known as deer yards. Officials say that removes the incentives for private landowners to conserve and manage deer yards, which hurts the population’s long-term survival.

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