Skip to comments.Man Feeding Herd of Friendly Deer at His Colorado Home
Posted on 01/04/2014 1:25:48 PM PST by albasun
Matthew Lee Chegwidden feeds a deer herd at his house in Divide, Colorado. The deer are so friendly, they come up to the man like hes some sort or Santa Claus or Mr. Snow White. Amazing! read mroe at albasun.com ///
That’s how the deer revolution starts...
The word for today is: Lyme.
Now that this is public, DNR will come and kill them all.
He better keep doing it now in perpetuity. They’ll depend on that food.
Dhimi deer. They get used to handouts. Feeder feels good. What happens to both when he can’t feed them? It could get ugly.
My neighbors used to put out dog food for the deer, and I finally realized that was why I had a perpetual deer track thru my property. Salt block will do it too. Deer are opportunists. (Deer hunters are too).
I’ll bet his neighbors love the deer manure out of him for this.
I did that for years.
Not the smartest thing I ever did.
It is potentially dangerous, as the critters are after all ‘wild’ no matter how tame they act.
But the worst part about it is that they have become so numerous and unafraid, that they now qualify as vermin.
I tease my acquaintances who like to hunt:
“Why do you drive dozens, hundreds of miles, spend a fortune on gear, spend days in miserable weather stalking the poor things, when you could just open the window there and smack one over the head with a 2X4?”
Some people feed them to prevent the deer from eating all their plants.
Fortunately if you catch it quick enough, it can be treated, but man oh man do those med’s put a smack down on your system. I have had two separate treatments (two different bites), I’m very cautious these days.
I’m sure the EPA has rule agains’t it.
"Yeah but, can any of them deer talk back?"
It’s not a smart thing to do.
Feeding Can Do More Harm Than Good
It is illegal in Colorado to intentionally place or distribute feed, salt blocks or other attractants for big-game animals. This problem is mainly associated with deer.
In the winter, deer herds tend to move to lower elevations closer to homes and businesses. Some people may feel the deer do not have adequate food sources in the wintertime and believe that supplementing their diets with grain, corn or hay is helpful. In fact, the contrary is true.
Feeding deer is illegal, and cause harm to the deer. These deer are being feed by the DOW due to an especially severe winter.People who feed deer do more harm than good, said Trina Lynch, a district wildlife manager with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Welfare deer. We have had welfare birds. Still feed them a bit so that our cat has something to do. The deer - we had tenants on our farm who fed them. I didn’t care. Once those tenants moved we didn’t see any more deer sign. Our cat and our dogs keep the ground squirrels and tree squirrels under control. Our neighbors complain that especially the ground squirrels dig holes under their patios. Not us. We had a ground hog once but Mr. Barkley killed it.
I quit feeding them about 5 years ago, but they still keep coming by, hoping for a handout.
Generational memory I guess; their Momma or Granny must have told them about the the two leg that was always good for an apple, or some corn, carrots etc.
Really wish there was a button when one is doing blog or site pimping that required a donation to Free Republic for each article submitted (not that it would be approved for posting, just for submitting it..)
They are wild, after all like another poster said.
Not good to make them dependent and ill-suited for the wild.
All animals - wild or domestic - are welfare queens. Makes sense, doesn’t it? We, too, are part of the animal kingdom.
I know a man who got too close to a herd of “tame” deer. He survived but he has scars to prove he was attacked.
“Oh see the deer......”
A friend of mine is an outdoor writer and every year he runs a story of someone doing this and the consequences of it. They are feeding does when a buck shows. A buck through a sliding door, a doe through a plate glass window, a doe in a pool, while I was in Jacksonville Florida a man was gored by a buck and suffered a lacerated kidney, he cut its throat while pinned down for over 15 minutes. There are no shortages of these stories.
Moreover, they lose their fear of man and become easy targets for hunters; probably the opposite of what they want.
basically, it is not smart to mess with wild animals. As Roger Miller noted, “You drive around with a tiger in your car.”
I want to be the first to welcome our new, deer overlords.
But seriously, a friend seems to have gotten lyme disease from ticks from “friendly deer” who frequented her back yard like it was a salad bar.
And if they are feeding deer, won’t they soon be indirectly feeding predators that eat deer? Just wonderin’
His local Game Warden will be writing tickets as it is illegal to feed game during seasons. It is called baiting.
What lovely, tender things are good intentions. Like the first little green shoots of puncture thorns in the Spring.
No, I don’t think an animal in the wild is a welfare queen.
Great numbers of animals live on vast tracts of developed or undeveloped public land, to be sure, and many live on privately-owned ground too.
But unless someone is providing feed or shelter for animals, birds or even fish, they almost all in fact are working terribly, terribly hard to stay alive.
Indeed their situation is more akin to being constantly at war, with the elements, other wild beasts, and with human beings, than it is like depending on welfare.
Manure is the very, very least of their concerns. Deer will devour every bit of landscaping you plant that feels tasty to them...and it appears that they are already friendly to that urban neighborhood......not good!
But on the other hand, it’s apparent the neighbors are ok with this so who am I to judge.........
I snort coke so's that I don't inject heroin........LOL!
Not the EPA but usually the respective state's DNR.......
Given that these deer are parading between housing lots, it's likely a haven for enviroweenies..........
One day, we will be reading of this poor man’s demise. The deer WILL kill him. Or at least injure him, someday. That was pretty alarming to see him turn his back on that well antlered little buck he called LUMPY.
Yeah, deer are so frightened of humans that they birth their young ‘uns on front porches around here. One was in an elderly neighbor’s garage not long ago and she still has the bruises to show from the encounter. Good thing it only bumped into her or it could have been much worse. Real deer aren’t cartoon Bambis
He’ll change his mind during rutting season when he gets between a doe and buck
That guy may live in Colorado now, but there is definitely either New Jersey or Philadelphia in his accent!
I imagine the county jobsworths are lining up his punishments even as we type.
I have wasted $ thousands on shrubs and flowers. They will eat just about anything, even things the nurseries say they won't eat, if they get hungry enough. They run out between parked cars, rush your headlights, clatter down the sidewalks and up the front and back doorsteps in our townhome circle, munching all the way. Their satanic cloven hooves trample the lawn throughout the winter and especially when the ground turns muddy in the spring, depositing weed seeds from elsewhere and destroying the grass on their favorite beaten paths between the end-of-group homes.
Then there are those piles of poo, like little pyramids of miniature cannonballs.
Rats with antlers, I call 'em.
(with, not at, of course d;^)
“All animals - wild or domestic - are welfare queens. Makes sense, doesnt it? We, too, are part of the animal kingdom.
Yes, you are right. But Rhinos, Hippopotamus, grizzly bears and a few others have a way of making their moods known.
“He better keep doing it now in perpetuity. Theyll depend on that food.”
THAT’s the problem. To run a shelter or rescue operation is one thing. To get animals that are living in the wild to become dependent on human feeders is not good for a number of reasons.
The extra feeding the herd is getting could possibly provide for building and sustaining a herd size that the natural environment in the area cannot support. If that’s the case, is the human feeding operation actually just supplying more deer to be hunted and killed during hunting season. If that’s the case, then is his feeding operation as altruistic as it seems? And, how long before the familiarity and dependence is such that this guys neighbors - which you can see are not that far from him in the video - start to get deer approaching their property with the same expectation?
On one hand I understand the guy as a kind soul. I am just not sure it is the right thing to do.
I counted over twenty deer! How can he afford this much feed and how does he keep them from kicking his ass?
You’ll start injecting if your yard is ever de-landscaped by deer.
I’ve been feeding deer for years. I keep experimenting with plants in the garden, looking for ones that produce food but that deer will not eat, and more than half of the plants still just go to the deer for food. My wife thinks the deer are pretty, so she discourages my solution to the problem, but eventually she will agree that they are just venison.
You heard me! :)
Yea, I heard you........"injecting" what?
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