Coming across wild animals is always dangerous, and feeding them, while it may seem nice, is also very dangerous. Usually, trying to feed a wild animal will fail. They either won't get close enough to find out what it is you are offering, or they will want it so bad that they will maul you to get it. On rare occasions, they will take food from people, but the results aren't always what people hope for.

Mom and Baby Moose Die in Northern Idaho

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Credit: Madhu Shesharam on Unsplash
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A mom and baby moose both died in Northern Idaho recently outside of Clark Fork. These moose had been fed by locals and it was ultimately their demise. A woman came across the mother and baby moose on her property, and after trying to scare them away realized they were not afraid of people. The reason for this is because they had come to expect food from them. Sadly, the mother was found dead, leaving the baby moose to fend for itself. The woman called the Idaho Department of Fish and Game to help with the situation, but before they could arrive the baby had died as well.

Feeding Wild Animals Can Have Terrible Results

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Credit: Gabe Pierce on Unsplash
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While many may think that feeding wild animals helps them find food and fatten them up, it can often lead to their deaths. While your intentions may be good it is the opposite result that follows. There is an acid in our foods that can have a deathly effect on wild animals. Within 24 hours to 78 hours, an animal can be perfectly healthy and be dead just from those acids. In the summer moose bodies can adapt, but in the winter their stomachs shrink, not allowing them to take in as many calories. It is best not to try and feed deer, elk, moose, or any other wild animal.

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The next time you see a wild animal and think it would be nice or fun to feed them, don't. You may be doing more harm than good. It is never safe to approach a wild animal, plus to try to feed one. You should never approach a moose either, as they are known to be aggressive. Help the animals by just enjoying their beautify from a distance and leaving them to their natural diets. You could help save a life or two or more. 

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