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DEC announces new rules for feeding deer, moose

Dec 30, 2019 12:34 am
John Cropley reports in the Daily Gazette that the Department of Environmental Conservation last week issued new rules against feeding deer and moose. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Feeding deer and moose can artificially increase populations and change behavior, causing harm to people, wildlife, and the environment. These new requirements strike a necessary balance between preventing the negative effects of deer feeding while recognizing the increased public health threat posed by tick-borne diseases and make an exception to allow the use of certain devices designed to kill ticks on deer.” Among the new rules are a warning label for "edible attractants" for deer or moose sold in New York that explains that using the product in the state is illegal. There is also now an exemption of the deer-feeding rules for some using a bait station that drips tick pesticide on a deer’s head and neck as it eats the corn inside. Read more about this story in the Daily Gazette.