Eau Claire (WQOW) - A harsh winter can take a toll on animals. But if you're thinking of feeding deer in your area, the DNR says you may do more harm than good.
The DNR says every winter a few deer and turkey are taken out of the population it's part of the natural cycle. However, this winter is a little more severe than most. It can be hard for some animals to withstand the freezing temperatures and find food in the deep snow. But you should be aware: because of CWD, feeding deer is banned in some area counties. Those include Barron, Washburn, Polk, and Burnett. And in counties where you can put down feed there are regulations. For instance, you can't spread more than two gallons of food.
"Baiting and feeding tends to congregate deer. Deer congregated at feeding sites obviously disease transmission can occur there through licking off the same feeding site," Scott Thiede, DNR Conservation Warden.
The DNR says deer are hardy and will rely on body fat reserves during the winter in case food is hard to find.