While people may be tempted to feed deer at the Outer Harbor this winter, they shouldn't.
That's the message from Jay Burney, chairman of Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve. Burney said there is plenty of forage for deer throughout their range on the Outer Harbor, along the Buffalo River, and at the nearby railroad yards.
Starvation is not occurring at Times Beach this winter, or has occurred most winters, he said.
Feeding deer has become a recent problem on the Outer Harbor, but foraging is best for the health of individual deer and deer herds, as well as the ecological health of the land, Burney said. He warned a human-produced diet can also lead to poor health for the animals.