During this time of year, as in any season, wildlife will come into neighborhoods of the mountain towns as well as into Denver and surrounding suburbs like Larkspur where the deer photo was taken. As these pictures depict, if wild life are taking food from hand outs of humans, they will learn to trust humans or at least approach them without fear. This could lead to negative interactions such as biting, kicking and attack. Many generations of Coloradoans have learns the hard way that is it best to withhold hand outs of food, grains and others offerings. As early as the early nineteenth century, humans have suffered from bear attacks, mountain lion meetings and even raccoon invasions, with disastrous results.
These interactions have lead to the well-learned no-feeding wildlife laws enforced by each county, especially Estes Park, Colorado where wildlife encounters are frequent, as seen in these chronological photographed elk photos. They may learn not to rightfully fear humans which can cause them to enter roadways and be killed by vehicles.
Furthermore, as humans invade wild life feeding territories, these encounters will occur more frequently and feeding them can cause more harm to the animals than good. Offerings of human food or other kinds of food than what the animal naturally consumes will lead to parasitic infection in their bacterial digestive systems, malnutrition, diseases and death.
This can lead also to infecting herds and may transmit tick fever (Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Texas fever) and bubonic plague to humans such as Giardia is with pets and humans.
Reproduction may also be hazardous to the wildlife without much fat reserves, such as fawns, and they can weaken and die, decreasing their population.
Eluding predators require extensive escape trails for deer and other herbivores but can also lead their predators straight into contact with humans. Bears and mountain lions have been found within human environments where children and pets can be harmed or even killed. As wildlife learns to trust humans, another unnatural behavior emerges from the animal to become more aggressive where they have to be eventually destroyed. In the wide scope of human/wildlife interactive history, not many animals have been trained to become pets.
Sheryl Knapp is a freelance writer and has been a single mom for over twenty-five years.