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Windows 7: Feeding wild animals - good, bad, indifferent?

12 Feb 2013   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I do wonder who would leave a 5 week old child unattended in such a way a fox could bite it.
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13 Feb 2013   #12
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I do wonder who would leave a 5 week old child unattended in such a way a fox could bite it.
I think it is a bit harsh to judge parents this way when it all about the apparent risks involved and fox attacks are pretty rare. There are far more attacks by pet dogs and harm done by children doing things and going places they shouldn't. Parents cannot monitor a child through each 24 hour day. I remember getting lost on a beach once when I was a toddler and ending up in the 'lost property' centre and I had a very caring mother.

It seems we will have to address this issue of feeding wild animals more seriously here in the UK as we seem to be introducing more species back into the wild - Red Kites, Beavers, Wolves? etc. The concensus seems to be that feeding wild animals does more harm than good.

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13 Feb 2013   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You can address what ever. I wouldn't leave a 5 week old puppy unattended. I do feed the critters around my home.
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14 Feb 2013   #14
M1GU31

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

I don't feed any wild animals, hell not even dogs passing by unless they are my dogs but they live in my yard so no problem. This only attracts them and they become a nuisance and won't leave. Ever since I got my dogs less animals come by my house anymore. Use to get snakes in the yard but ever since I got dogs they never come anymore.
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14 Feb 2013   #15
Imperfect1

 
 

Wild animals living close to our human habitat continue to create unsolvable problems all over the world. In the Los Angeles, California area, for example, (an area that is interspersed with many hilly, forested areas) it has become impossible to let your dogs and cats (and, of course, small children) play outside unattended, without tremendous risk of them being killed by roaming coyotes, foxes, bob cats, etc. I've had a pet cat dragged off by a fox in my back yard, and several years later in a different house, I had a coyote in my back yard stalking my small dog. Although I was able to get the dog into the house safely, the dog was so shell-shocked and terrorized by the threat of the coyote, that he was never the same again! It was very sad.

After that incident occurred, one of my neighbors started leaving food out for the coyotes, in the hope that if the coyotes were fed, they would leave our small animals and children alone --- but clearly that wasn't the answer to the problem, because as others have said, leaving food out for the wild animals causes so many additional problems, that it probably is worse (for the humans) than doing nothing.

What to do? I really don't know. With people having spread out into the animals' natural territory --- there really isn't a good solution. I think the most we can do is to keep our own property free from any unnecessary "food" that might attract animals, and to be extremely vigilent about protecting our children, our pets, and ourselves, from animal attacks.
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14 Feb 2013   #16
pincushion

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

One of the problems we have at the moment seems to be a surfeit of conflicting advice, with a few wildlife programmes on TV apparently encouraging the putting out of food for such creatures as badgers, pine martens and perhaps foxes amongst others, just to view them. I think we certainly need to look at what happens in other countries to see the affects of feeding wild animals. It is a long time since we had any dangerous creatures here, centuries at least, with only one snake species causing some problems but rarely a death. Wolves vanished centuries ago and the wild boar, which apparently has been reintroduced, is perhaps more dangerous than foxes. There have been a few exotic animals escaping into the wild and reported sightings for decades of escaped 'big cats' now living wild but none have been found so far.

Here comes trouble: the return of the wild boar to Britain | Environment | The Observer




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14 Feb 2013   #17
BugMeister

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

- my hawthorn is always draped with food for the birds -they visit constantly, during the day

- they also know that the mayflower's thorns protect them from the neighbourhood cats..

- it's lovely to hear birdsong, we should cherish them..
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16 Feb 2013   #18
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I must confess that I have fed the local ground squirrels and chipmunks.

Probably not a good idea.
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