The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people not to feed deer bagged corn or grain.
Vermont’s top deer biologist Shawn Haskell says feeding deer foods they don’t normally eat could kill them because their digestive systems are not accustomed to it.
And biologists fear that feeding deer with human-produced food can cause afflictions such as brainworm, hemorrhagic disease or other ailments.
If people want to feed deer they should plant apple trees and remove nearby trees that shade them so the tree will produce more apples.
People can also help deer with a food plot, typically a field that has been tilled and planted with clover, alfalfa and other plants that are appealing to deer.