WildCare’s Wildlife Hospital treats nearly 4,000 ill, injured and orphaned wild animal patients from over 200 species every year. In our hospital, we see too many animals injured in avoidable ways, including animals admitted with injuries and issues resulting from the holidays.
Below are three easy ways you can keep the holidays safe for wildlife!
1. Don’t Feed Holiday Treats to Wildlife
Although it may be tempting to share your carbohydrate-rich treats with the animals like ducks or other animals that enjoy them so much, you’re not helping the animals by feeding them.
Like human children offered candy instead of vegetables, birds that eat bread fill up on calories with no nutritional benefit. This leads to obesity (in birds too!), and poor nutrition that can cause potentially-fatal metabolic health problems.
Deer love corn and other treats, but like ducks, they will fill up on this poor-nutrition food and ignore the…