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Mulies & Overdevelopment

Mulies & Overdevelopment
Mulies & Overdevelopment

why I feed the local deer

Because Sandy City, Utah has opted to overdevelop the mountain-to-valley area, not leaving any green corridors for the mule deer to migrate to the lush, warmer, food abundant areas of the valley during Winter, I augment the wild diets of the local herd.
I feed them during the Winter months when there can be from 1 to 4 feet of snow covering their native foods. My neighbors hate me for this because they think the deer then will eat their plantings. That of course does happen to some degree. I don't have any problem with it because I fence off my veggies and in other areas plant things they don't like. Also, deer forage over a large area rather than staying in one spot, and since I back up to BLM land, they have plenty of native foods in the Summer.
However in the Winter they must navigate through many subdivisions and a golf course to get to open water and there is virtually no native food for them in these areas. So I try to help out with grains and fresh water. I feel all development plans should consider wildlife and their needs. We are all related on this planet - the deer are my brothers.

 

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