Is it OK to feed wild animals?

No. A moment's pleasure for you may result in future problems for animals and people.

  • Processed seeds, bread and other foods that are not part of an animal's natural diet can make them very sick.
  • Animals that expect to be fed by people can become aggressive, harassing people for food when they are hungry.
  • Hand-feeding can result in the transfer of illness: both to and from the animal.
  • Animals that are fed by people may also lose their ability to forage for natural foods.

Learn more about why you should not feed wild animals

Feeding birds

Feeding native birds is not recommended as it can bring about many health problems and even an early death.

Learn more about the risks associated with feeding birds

Other ways you can care for native birds

Many people feed birds out of a misguided desire to care for them.