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SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — People are not supposed to feed wild deer in Illinois.
Baiting deer for hunting is illegal, and the state’s Department of Natural Resources says feeding wild deer can spread disease.
But some people in some places in Illinois could soon give some deer something to eat.
“The healthful benefits of supplemental feeding, to go with nutritional support, will be a net positive to the deer population,” Rose said.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources said no.
Dr. Paul Shelton with IDNR said many places that allow deer feeding see farmers or landowners toss out whatever is available. That’s often corn and it is not healthy for wild deer.
“Deer are a treasured natural resource, they’re wildlife,” Shelton said. “Let’s not try and treat them like livestock. They’re not livestock.”