Wild deer primarily consume leaves, twigs and buds. In the fall, they eat beechnuts and acorns, while in the winter they switch to hardwoods, hemlock, fir and cedar. They can subsist on commercially blended feed, but they must be fed continuously to avoid shocking their digestive systems.Know More
Artificial feeding is generally not recommended unless the financial resources are in place to support a herd of deer. The Vermont Agency of Natural resources estimates that each deer costs over $50 to feed per month, but since deer attract other deer, the costs can multiply rapidly.
Artificial feeding sites can lead to problems for deer. The close quarters promote the spread of deadly diseases amongst a herd, while deer that rely on artificial feeding sites often lose their wildness and are attacked by domestic dogs or other predators. In the long term, deer that are no longer afraid of humans are more likely to invade gardens and shrubbery, destroying property. Artificial feeding sites also create fierce competition among deer, preventing smaller and weaker deer from feeding.
Deer should never be fed human food such as bread and corn. Not only do these foods harm a deer's digestive system, they also attract scavengers, such as raccoons and skunks, that may carry rabies.Learn more about Deer
Moose attacks are rarely fatal for humans, so generally one or fewer people die each year from moose. Many people are injured by moose every year, particularly in urban areas, such as Anchorage, Alaska, which have high moose populations.Full Answer >
The sleeping habits of deer include sleeping in dense grasses, changing head position frequently during sleep, returning to the same place for several days to sleep and being vigilant even during sleep. Deer typically follow a pattern of dozing briefly then becoming alert.Full Answer >
According to Outdoor Life, the top ten states for hunting whitetail deer as of 2011 were, in descending order Texas, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. North American Whitetail ranks, in descending order, these states as the top ten for whitetail hunting as of 2013: Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Idaho, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.Full Answer >
The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources notes that Chinese water deer are threatened by poaching and destruction of their natural habitats. Chinese water deer are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, one classification better than endangered. This species does not respond well to environmental changes, which are ongoing and seemingly out of control, resulting in a projected 30 percent population loss over 18 years.Full Answer >