The Impacts of Feeding Wildlife
Feeding wildlife and/or baiting wildlife is illegal in some states. This regulation usually applies to animals other than songbirds, such as deer, moose, elk, bears, and wolves. If you have questions about whether or not feeding wildlife is legal in your area, please contact the wildlife agency for your state.
Many people believe that they are helping wild animals by feeding them, but they are probably actually hurting them in the long run. Animals that come to rely on humans for food are at a definite disadvantage, and often end up on a hunter's dinner table, or easy prey for resident predators. And furthermore, many animals that have received some sort of food from humans frequently end up being destroyed after becoming a nuisance.
Many people enjoy feeding and watching native birds, and planting native vegetation to encourage wildlife. In some areas this isn't really a problem. However, for people that live in bear country, there are some important things to consider:
Composting In Rural Areas
Compost piles can attract bears and other animals, so place the pile a safe distance away from the house.
Compost piles that contain landscaping debris don't tend to attract bears as frequently as compost piles that contain kitchen food scraps. In any case, it's a good idea to put an electric fence up around your compost pile - this is an easy and fairly inexpensive way to discourage the bears.
LWWF is currently looking for other ways to construct bear-resistant compost piles. Any new information and designs that we become aware of will be posted here.