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March 1, 2013

Feeding wildlife on campus is not advised

The Grounds Department cautions campus residents and visitors that feeding the various forms of wildlife found on campus can often do more harm than good.

"Wildlife that is fed by humans can become dependent on this unnatural and sporadic food source, and depending on what the animals are being fed, they can also suffer nutritionally," says Scott Helmkamp, grounds supervisor.

Feeding the wildlife also leads to increased habitation on campus and more aggressive behavior toward humans and other animals.

Though some forms of feeding, like bird feeders, may not appear problematic, they can actually lead to an increase in predators, such as hawks and cats. Bird feeders that are not cleaned on a regular basis can also contain bacteria that can lead to outbreaks of diseases like salmonella.

The Grounds Department plants many native flowers, trees and shrubs that offer natural food sources to the wildlife that make their home on campus.

Questions can be directed to the Grounds Department at 49-43087.