Is feeding the birds illegal? Since feeding the bears is illegal, one may wonder if it is also illegal to leave food out for birds as well, especially since bears and other wildlife may check out the feeders too. It is not illegal to feed the birds. The Game and Fish will most likely not issue citations to people feeding birds under normal circumstances.
If there were a situation where a bear became habituated to eating from the bird feeders in a person’s yard, Game and Fish would probably ask that person to remove their feeders. If the person refused to remove the feeders, then they might issue a citation.
In the end, it is best to bring the feeders (or at least the food) inside at night and be willing to help Game and Fish keep our wildlife wild.
Photo of Acorn woodpeckers taken by Bob Walker at the Los Alamos Nature Center.