Attn wildlife photographers: to feed or not to feed?

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  1. table1349

    table1349 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Sometimes baiting is not only a good thing, it is the right thing to do. We just got done baiting my neighbors back yard. Yesterday one of the neighbors spotted a skunk wandering around in the neighbors back yard at 10:30 in the morning. Skunks that are about at that time of day have usually either been chased from their den or more likely are diseased. (rabies)

    Animal Control brought us the trap and we set it in a good spot in the neighbors back yard. As for photos, well that will depend on which direction the wind is blowing when we catch the thing.


     
  2. gckless

    gckless No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I haven't read the whole thread, but I think dependency has to come into play here. I think baiting once or twice in an area is probably ok to get a few shots, especially if it's local (stuff that grows or is found in that area), but you can not do it anywhere near as much as to let the animal get dependent on that food. This isn't the stance any public company or club or whatever can take though, since this is completely up to the intelligence of the shooter. A lot of us would have the tendency to say "just one more time will be fine", and it's probably not. All that said, I don't do it, nor will I. As with hunting, I kinda look down on those that do. Like, you're this much smarter and you can't figure out how to get to this animal without using what it needs to live to do it?
     
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    I baited a young elephant with bananas once.he came very close to the vehicle and was calm and curious.but later i felt guilty as i know there are many poachers around and i wouldnt want an elephant aproaching a poachers vehicle believing he will get bananas
    plus its risky too curiosity can quickly turn into agression especially if behaviour is incorectly interpreted.so i will surely not do it again.as for birds im two ways about it.i think if it does not alter their behaviour its alright.on the other side i think a wildlife shot taken of a wild bird shout exhibit it doing wild behaviour and not eating bird seed that was spread out for a photo.
     
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