When it comes to feeding wildlife in your backyard, it's perfectly fine to set up a birdfeeder for our feathered friends. Just be sure to choose a feed mixture appropriate for the nutritional needs of the types of birds in your region. And also be sure to keep your birdfeeder in a place that is dry and protected from the natural elements. But when it comes to other wildlife, like deer, squirrels and raccoons, avoid the temptation to feed them. When these animals become dependent on food from humans, they lose their sense of fear, which can lead to a deterioration of their natural instinct to forage and continue to be wild.