Most wild animals are timid around humans and will run away easily when spotted. When these animals become accustomed to receiving food from human sources, it can change their behavior. They can even become dangerous.
Both San Bernardino County and the State of California (enforced by the Department of Fish & Game (DFG)) have laws regarding feeding local wild animals. For your own safety and that of the animals, please obey these laws.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY ORDINANCES:
NOT ONLY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY…IT’S THE LAW
San Bernardino County makes it illegal for mountain and foothill residents to intentionally or unintentionally leave food out and accessible to predators.
COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES
CHAPTER 13: ANIMAL FOOD & FOOD SCRAPS
§ 32.1301 Food Left Outside for Certain Mammalian Predators.
(a) No person shall feed or in any manner provide food for one or more nondomesticated mammalian predators. A nondomesticated mammalian predator shall include coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opossums, bears, mountain lions, and bobcats.
§ 32.1302 Food Left Outside for ANY Animal During Certain Hours.
No person shall leave or permit to be left out-of-doors food for any animal between the hours of 10:00 p.m. of any one day and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, unless the area where the food is left is not accessible to nondomesticated mammalian predators.
§ 32.1303 Garbage Containing Food Scraps.
No person shall leave or permit to be left out-of-doors any garbage containing food scraps without first securing said food scraps in closed containers.
CALIFORNIA STATE REGULATIONS:
CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS TITLE 14
§251.1. Harassment of Animals.
Except as otherwise authorized in these regulations or in the Fish & Game Code, no person shall harass, herd or drive any game or nongame bird or mammal or furbearing mammal. For the purposes of this section, harass is defined as an intentional act which disrupts an animal's normal behavior patterns, which includes, but is not limited to, breeding, feeding or sheltering. This section does not apply to a landowner or tenant who drives or herds birds or mammals for the purpose of preventing damage to private or public property, including aquaculture and agriculture crops.
§251.3. Prohibition Against Feeding Big Game Mammals.
No person shall knowingly feed big game mammals, as defined in Section 350 of these regulations (includes bears and deer).