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I1 In .+Iv A Catalina Island mule deer nibbles, on veg- etation near an exclosure fence. While the desire to feed these beautiful ani- mals is under- standable, for their sake and human safety, deer should not be fed. Photo by Tyler Dvorak ies of tolerance by an ecosystem that wasn't designed by nature to handle the impacts of deer. In fact, deer find many of our native and rarest plants quite irresistible. Of course, as summer tourism decreases, so do the handouts. This leaves even more deer even hungrier than if they'd never been fed by people in the first place. Catalina needs fewer deer, not, more and hungrier deer. And then there are the legali- ties. The California Department of Fish and Game's rules probably say it best: "Feeding deer is dead wrong. It's also against the law. Allowing deer access to your gar- den and landscaping, or intention- ally feeding deer, can be deadly." Feeding wildlife of any kind, as it turns out, is a misdemeanor pun- ishable by fines and/or jail time. For these reasons and many more, feeding deer is a terrible idea. So if the urge strikes, resist the temptation. You'll be taking the best and wisest course of ac- tion for yourself, your neighbors, and ultimately, for the deer. Next in the series: Who owns the deer C. BY ALEXA JOHNSON, NATURALIST CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY You've no doubt noticed that Avalon is rife with mule deer. That's because during the dry fall and early winter months, food and water become scarce in the inte- rior. While the desire to feed these beautiful animals is understand- able, for their sake and human safety, deer should not be fed. Deer that are fed become ha, bituated to people, alienated from their natural habitat, and lose the ability to forage for themselves. And, generally speaking, the clos- er wild animals get to people, the worse things turn out for humans and beasts. Feeding deer that appear to be thin or very hungry actually makes things worse for the animals. Most food given to deer is not in their natural diet, causing issues with digestion or, at the very least, giv- ing them hollow or useless calo- ries that may fill the stomach, but do little else. From a human safety perspec- tive, deer often carry parasites such as tapeworms, lungworms, and roundworms. When in Close contact, all of these parasites can be transmitted to humans. Deer are also commonly hosts to deer ticks, which can carry Lyme dis- ease and other pathogens. Then there's the physical risk associated with interacting with any wild animal. Every year peo- ple are hospitalized, or in rare in- cidents, killed from deer-inflicted wounds. Males are particularly edgy during the fall breeding sea- son. If they feel cornered or threat- ened, they'll use their antlers and hooves to gore and maul. People sometimes get bitten while attempting to feed a deer. Animal saliva contains significant amounts of bacteria and can lead to a serious infection. And it gets worse On a grand scale, feeding deer can actually increase harm to the entire ecosystem. By feeding wild animals anywhere, humans may+ artificially increase populations beyond an ecosystem's carrying capacity. In this case, since deer were introduced to Catalina, they aren't even a part of the natural ecosystem. So, there really isn't any carrying capacity or natu- ral number of deer on the Island to begin with. That means that the increase pushes the boundar- CATALINA COUPLES: RANDY AND MANElrTE THOMAS Please send us your favorite photo of your self or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old, =n special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to editor@thecatalinaislander.com. Founded in 1923 by Ernest Windle Group Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinaislander.com Edlter Dennis Kaiser editor@thecatalinaislander.com Adlvertisl~ Pat Jamieson advertising@thecatalinaislander.com Office Manqer Jennifer Leonhardi manager@thecatalinaislander.com Accounting Judy Murray judy@localnewspapers.org , 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Advertising; 2 p.m. Tuesday J Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina $39 Mainland $46 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $SO/year A Publication Of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093+140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals ~ostage paid at Avalon, CA 9O704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No+ 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shOwn in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina IsJander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. NO pact may be reproduced In any fashion without wdtten consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents CoPyright 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc All Rights Reserved. ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PU B LISHERS ASSOCIATION Announcing Two New Exciting Dining Choices New American Fare Each dish offers a twist on a Classic. Daily Lunch Dinners Friday & Saturday Great selection of quality wines and beer. Varied prices and unique finds. For a quick breakfast or lunch on the Go. Omelets, Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers ; #738968 RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL. INDUSTRIAL GENERATOR SA'LES & INSTALLATION Repairs I New Const I Remodel I Tenant Imprevemeat AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-029-5007 CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! Since 1929 This year, CHOICES is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary o/providing Cataltna's youth and j mtlles with substance abuse prevention and treatment services ClIOICES now has a new phone number: 310,848.4381 Please .call for information on CHOICES services, or to find out how you can get Involved in CHOICES programs,