It is illegal to feed wild deer in New York State. You might think you’re giving them a helping hand by putting out corn, or maybe that if you feed them they’ll leave your plants alone. But in reality, you’re harming both the deer and your plants.
This article from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation explains the problems that occur when you feed wildlife (including deer). It also includes recommendations on ways you can keep wildlife healthy without feeding them.
This DEC article describes the regulation making it illegal to feed deer and moose. It also lists the few exceptions to the rule and includes an FAQ about why feeding deer and moose is harmful to these animals.
Seeing wildlife on your woodlot is more than fun; it can also be a way to protect those animals in the future. These websites let you share your wildlife sightings with others and help scientists learn how our critter neighbors are doing.