“Don’t feed the animals” is common wisdom. This advice is so often repeated that we could think it must be good advice. You can get the advice from a park ranger, from a sign at a pond, from your next door neighbor. The advice is so widely held that surely it must be true. But a little thought leads us to a different conclusion. Common Arguments Against Feeding We are encouraged to “feed the birds”. However, birds are animals, so the advice must mean, “don’t feed the mammals”. What’s wrong with mammals? What could possibly be the risk in feeding them? Here are some “risks” that I’ve heard of. You will create a dependence. Yes, we will. During a hard winter, a mammal you…