Here in the Sacramento Mountains and throughout the Lincoln National Forest, we are so blessed to have a glorious arid climate, over 300 species of wildlife, and a large diversity of habitats for the native animals. Our deer and turkey populations are thriving. I’ve seen more wild turkey this year than I have seen in all my years in the area. Seeing more and more of these magnificent creatures means that the temptation to put the feed out for them increases.
When it comes to mule deer and the cute little fawns wobbling behind their mothers, it’s tempting to want to leave out a snack thinking that surely the extra calories can’t hurt. And who doesn’t like to see beautiful bucks and speckled fawns just outside the front door? What many people don’t realize, however, is that their good intentions can be lethal for the animals they so love to watch.
All creatures are designed to live and die in their natural environments. When the delicate balance of nature is altered in any way, the animal population adjusts. When seasonal home owners in the Ruidoso area decide to add to the normal feeding process of animals in the wild by putting out alfalfa or corn, it can become more of a hazard than a help.
To read more about feeding wildlife in New Mexico, visit: New Mexico Wildlife - To Feed or Not to Feed…