What do deer eat Ireland?

Do deer have predators in Ireland?

The red deer’s primary predator in Ireland used to be the wolf. However wolves were exterminated here some 200 years ago and the deer have no natural predators today.

Should I feed wild deer?

If you feed deer in your backyard or at a park, you could be harming them instead of helping them. Bringing deer together at feeding sites increases their risk of contracting communicable diseases, such as chronic wasting disease, from other deer.

What can you feed red deer?

Grasses, sedges, the leaves and shoots of trees and other woody plants are all on the menu. Fruit and berries are sometimes eaten too, while tree bark is taken when other food is scarce. Of the UK’s deer species, only the roe (Capreolus capreolus) and red (Cervus elaphus) are native.

Do deer eat carrots?

Although deer will eat apples, carrots, cabbage, etc., their use is not recommended. They are like candy to a child tasty but of little value in providing a well-balanced and nutritious diet.

What foods are bad for deer?

Do not feed hay, corn, kitchen scraps, potatoes, lettuce trimmings or any animal proteins from animals rendered into feed. Deer may actually starve when fed supplemental foods during winter if they have a full belly of indigestible foods. Many deer have starved to death with stomachs packed full of hay.

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