Is it bad to feed wild animals?
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Is it bad to feed wildlife?

Don’t feed the wildlife. The BC SPCA is generally opposed to the feeding of wild animals. Wild animals suffer when they get used to eating human food instead of their natural diet. When people feed wildlife, the animals also lose their healthy fear of people. This increases their chances of being injured or killed. Some municipalities have bylaws against feeding wildlife.

Keep wildlife healthy and wild! Don’t share your food, garbage, compost or litter. Read or print our brochure: Don’t Feed the Animals (PDF).

What about birds? Read more about feeding birds and hummingbird feeders.

Two wild geese in murky muddy water
Photo credit: Paula Simson