What’s dinner for the neighborhood fox family is also a meal for other wild animals living near your home. Normally reclusive and wary, black bears will leave the woods and become accustomed to finding a meal in your backyard if you leave them something to eat. Feeding deer also can attract other large predators, such as mountain lions. Where there are lots of deer, there are also lots of mountain lions, prowling for prey.
Over time, predators such as bears and mountain lions, become less wary and more emboldened. They’re more apt to attack pets and people, and when that happens, it can spell death to bears and lions, which often must be destroyed to ensure public safety.